AFT Vice President
Elba L. Aponte Santos was elected as an AFT vice president during the 2020 convention.
Since November 2019, Aponte Santos has served as president of the Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, a historic labor organization that was founded more than a century ago in 1911, five years before the founding of the AFT.
AMPR voted overwhelmingly to affiliate with the AFT in 2017, at a time when Puerto Rico’s public institutions were threatened by both natural and economic disasters. Today’s AMPR represents more than 27,000 Puerto Rican educators.
Aponte Santos is a special ed teacher, and she has also taught Spanish language and adult education. An avid student, she attended Interamerican University, the Central University of Bayamón and the University of Puerto Rico, earning a master’s degree in special education with a specialty in autism, and pursuing 1,800 hours of advanced studies in educational leadership and management.
She is also a fierce defender of public education on the island, where she participates in mobilizations, marches and organized protests. In 2017, after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, she was active in the delivery of supplies and water filters to victims and served on the Commission to Promote the Opening of Schools. The recovery and her activism are ongoing.
Biography updated October 2020