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About AzCEC

About Us

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

AzCEC is an official state unit of CEC. All CEC members in Arizona are a part of AzCEC. 


Board of Directors

  • President - Dr. Corey Montaño
  • President Elect - Jay Johnson
  • Secretary - Amy Papacek
  • Treasurer - Alissa Krantz
  • Membership - Tracey Antista
  • Past President - Kim Peaslee   
CEC's Children's Action Network
  • CAN Coordinator - Brad Thompson


AZCEC Tribute to CEC's 100th Anniversary | 1922 - 2022



Happy 100 years of advocacy CEC and Happy 57th Anniversary to our AZCEC state division. Our initial charter was signed in 1966 and we have been advocating for special educators, our students, and families ever since.

Today we have over 500 AZCEC members in the state of Arizona. Annually we offer several professional development events, book studies, legislative updates and we just wrapped up another Annual Statewide AZCEC Conference. If you attended this virtual event, you have access to the videos of all the sessions for the next year. Log back in anytime to get more on-demand PD to support yourself and your students.

Thanks to the hard work of Joan McDonald, who connected several past AZCEC presidents, we are proud to share the trainer of a video that is AZCEC's Tribute to the CEC 100th Anniversary.

Please view the full 31 minute video here. Cheers to the next 100 years!

Last Updated:  7 August, 2023

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