Stephanie Ly

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AFT Vice President

Stephanie Ly was elected as an AFT vice president during the 2020 AFT convention. She has been the president of AFT New Mexico since 2012, and before that, she taught kindergarten and second and third grades in Illinois and New Mexico.

Ly’s union activism started early in her career while teaching at Mohawk Elementary School in Bensenville, Ill. After moving to New Mexico, she became a building rep in the Rio Rancho school district and was elected secretary and executive vice president of the Rio Rancho School Employees’ Union, with whom she created a full-time position for union work.

Ly earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Elmhurst College in Illinois, earned a master’s in teaching and leadership at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and completed extensive studies toward a Ph.D. (ABD) in curriculum and instruction at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.

Ly views the world through a lens of fairness, justice, equity and taking action. She is passionate about fairness in the workplace, justice for wrongs committed in society and equity for all, with a special focus on educational access for historically marginalized communities.

Ly is married to an elementary school teacher who works in Rio Rancho public schools. She is the mother of four daughters, whose activities range from soccer and political activism to graduate school and service in the U.S. Air Force. She is a longtime PTA volunteer, serves as “Team Mom” for her daughters’ youth soccer leagues and has developed an educational curriculum for her church.