UTLA/NEA Vice President
Cecily Myart-Cruz has taught for 23 years, at both elementary and middle school levels. As a UTLA Area leader, she has worked with schools, parents and the community to oust 23 “lemon principals” and collaborated with school sites to initiate the boycott of periodic assessments in protest of the excessive testing of our students. During the RIF crisis several years ago, she led “Red Hot Monday” actions every week, at which UTLA members “pink-slipped” LAUSD bureaucrats. She worked with school-site leaders to build protests, community walks, and community forums that prevented school giveaways. As the UTLA NEA Vice President, she has engaged members, worked with community partners to bring resources to schools, like Honey Shine Inc. bringing a mentoring and self esteem program for young girls of color. She has helped shape Racial Justice within the work of the Union through critical dialogue, forums, all the while making sure student voices are front and center. Lastly, Cecily has continued to build strength and power for UTLA through a strong relationship with the state and national affiliates.
In CTA, she has served as:
- Civil Rights in Education Committee vice chair.
- Diversity Advisory Panel chair.
- African American Caucus Committee vice chair.
- Strategic Plan Committee member.
- Resolutions Committee member.
In NEA, she has served as:
- NEA Representative Assembly delegate for 20 years.
- NEA Resolutions Committee member.
- Education International delegate.
- Tri-National Conference participant.
- Representative of NEA and public sector workers in England and Japan.
Myart-Cruz is also a member of the AFT and has served on CFT’s Educational Issues Committee.