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Established as a state chapter of NOSS (the National Organization for Student Success - formally known as NADE) in January 2014, the Arizona Association for Developmental Education (AADE) and its members help learners, at all levels of preparedness, realize their full academic potential.  We encourage you to explore this site to learn more about developmental education; student success; our professional association; events; and our services to learners, members, and educational institutions.


In a vote cast earlier this year by AADE members, the decision was made to update our organization's name to better reflect the National Organization for Student Success.  Over the next few months, we will be going through the process to officially change our name to the Arizona Chapter of the National Organization for Student Success.  Our mission to serve Arizona's developmental education professionals and the students they serve will remain an unwavering commitment.

Please email our current AZ-NOSS President, Dr. Sam Crandall (she/her) at with any questions.

Welcome New AZ-NOSS Board Members!

President Elect:

Darla Aguilar

Integrated College Studies and Mathematics Department Head, Pima Community College

My first job was teaching middle school in Wyoming.  Since 1999, I have been Math faculty at Pima Community College.   In 2004, I became Mathematics Department Head at the Desert Vista campus.

 I have been part of the Developmental Education efforts at Pima for many years. I helped develop our Teaching Strategies Workshop to provide professional development experiences for our developmental faculty.   I was instrumental in creating our Integrated College Studies Mathematics Course which combines study skills and our lowest level math course content.  I was the first faculty member to teach co-requisite math classes at Pima and worked to develop our current co-requisite course curriculum.

I enjoy teaching developmental courses both in person and online.  I also teach our Math for Elementary teacher courses as well as academic level classes.


Xochitl Arroyo 

Instructional Services Director, Learning Enhancement Center, Mesa Community College

I began my career in higher education working as a math peer-tutor 13 years ago. I served as a Math Specialist, Learning Center Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College prior to becoming the Director of the largest Learning Center in the Maricopa Community College District. My teaching experience includes Basic Arithmetic (MAT081), Intermediate Algebra (MAT121), College Algebra (MAT151) and Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (MAT220). My experiences serving diverse populations of underrepresented students, in various capacities, ground my practices in my current role at Mesa Community College.

As a Learning Center professional and educator, I strive to build and sustain learning support programs with a focus on success, equity and access for students. Serving as part of the AADE Executive Board would be an honor as it would allow me to support the statewide efforts to continue advancing foundational education practices and student success.

Membership Coordinator:

Eliana Leamons

Hi, My name is Eliana Leamons and I have been a Mathematics Instructional Specialist at Central Arizona College for 4 years now, prior to this position I worked in the Learning Center as the Math, Science and Technology Learning Support Specialist for 5 years. I have worked in Math education for a total of 11 years so you can say Math is kind of my thing; I have worked in the Elementary, Middle School and High school settings which have helped me have a wide range of experience. Developmental Education has always been my passion and I strive to always do work related to ensuring our student success. I have been involved in running our Summer math boot camps, being a part of my colleges Guided Pathways redesign, and am currently a core member of Achieving the Dream. Some of the qualities that I will bring to the position is my positive outlook, willingness to learn, my organization expertise along with confidence when it comes to technology and using any tools necessary to make our lives easier [specially during this pandemic]. I look forward to meeting all of you soon, face to face or virtually!

President Newsletter - Summer 2020

Like me, I’m sure many of you are watching webinars, reading journals, and attending virtual training's in an effort to ensure developmental courses and programs provide an engaging learning experience led by equity-minded educators. The last three months have challenged us all in many ways, professionally and personally. I hope you and yours are doing well and staying healthy.

Spring Break 2020 to now - a significant uphill climb. Challenged to move swiftly from the brick and mortar classroom to the virtual classroom. Challenged to provide student support opportunities to students. Challenged to support success initiatives stemming from Cares Act funds. We made it through, but how did the students fare? In the aggregate, it’s a question without a clear answer for many of us. An answer we may not fully capture for another year.

As we wrapped up our best efforts to complete the spring semester, just starting to think about summer, George Floyd became a household name. Social justice vaulted into the news, pushing COVID19 to the back burner. As educators we saw an increase in the number of webinars focused on equity in the classroom and on campus. Ibram X. Kendi’s How To Be An AntiRacist was only available on audiobook as book clubs and professional learning communities raced to learn about and discuss the concept. Significant work is being completed this summer as a result and it is my hope that diversity, equity and inclusion will move beyond the statement on the website, mandatory HR hiring video and committee meeting, to a broader swath of classrooms. AADE’s leadership team strongly supports NOSS’s Racial Justice statement and encourages all of you to read (or re-read) Dr. Jeni Ussery’s, equity mindedness article before you begin preparation for fall.

We are now challenged with preparing for a new normal in the fall. Placement has changed. Learning support has changed. The schedule has changed (numerous times for us). I am confident I am working with peers locally and nationally that are equipped to lead the change with an equity minded approach.

Speaking of change, NOSS has now mandated that state chapters change their name to align with NOSS. Our expected due date is November 1st. We discussed this briefly in March at the statewide meeting session. Expect to engage in more conversations in early Fall about the possibilities and a final vote.

We are in the middle of planning our first virtual statewide conference. As you may recall, we moved our annual conference from spring to fall last year. This year we have another change, moving from face to face to online. Early indications suggest we’ll be holding the conference in late September or early October. Expect more information in August. With the conference moving, so too did our election timeframe. AADE will be looking for candidates for the positions of President-Elect, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator. Please consider supporting developmental education and student success in Arizona in one of these roles. 

As we look to elect candidates for these positions, we’ll also be sending our past-president, Robin Ozz, into retirement from the organization (Robin is this accurate). Robin has championed the efforts of AADE from its inception and her historic knowledge and passion for supporting developmental educators are unmatched. We will miss her influence and wish her the best.

If you are not an active member please consider joining or renewing. If you are an active member, seek out student success professionals on your campus and introduce them to the organization. 

Enjoy your summer. Stay rested if life allows. Stay healthy. Fall will be here soon and our maximum energy will be required.

Jeff Thies

AADE President


President’s Message

Welcome to AADEs website!  AADE is dedicated to serving educators, administrators, staff, and students engaged in foundational education.  We encourage you to explore our mission, vision, and resources, and join our organization through the membership link to help foster social justice, access, and retention of college students throughout Arizona.  

~Leanna Hall


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