Spring 2016

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38 | atpe news your atpe classroom makeover winners Congratulations to Alexandra Blalock of Dickinson ISD, Kaci Byrom of La Vernia ISD, and Brooke Raney of Goose Creek ISD! Each received a $500 classroom makeover thanks to ATPE. Student teacher members who upgraded to frst-time professional members by Sept. 30, 2015, were automatically entered in ATPE's classroom makeover drawing. BROOKE RANEY'S classroom makeover added up to more math fun and learning for her students! "I was able to purchase several things to enhance learning in my third-grade math class. Some of the things I purchased were electronic fash cards, manipulatives for math centers, and a cubby shelf. My students love the fash cards. They practice multiplication and division facts when they fnish their work. They were thrilled when they saw all the new colored pencils and crayons. ATPE gives so much back to teachers! I was a member of ATPE during my student teaching and made the easy choice of continuing my membership during my frst year of teaching. Thanks again for the makeover! ALEXANDRA BLALOCK transformed her classroom by creating writing ofces for students and purchasing dry erase whiteboard supplies! "I love that I am a part of an organization that values teachers and is always looking for ways to partner with them. My kids were so excited about having their 'own' whiteboard to use during lessons. These are such a great way to keep students engaged and having fun. We have used them for quick quizzes, responding to prompts, and class games. I also was able to create a writing ofce for each of my students. They love having a place they can go to really focus and dig deep into their writing. They also have great reminders for the students in them!" CONGRATULATIONS CLASSROOM MAKEOVER CONTEST WINNERS! KACI BYROM purchased everything from books and binders to stamps and art supplies for her classroom! "I was able to purchase many things that benefted not only my classroom, but my students as well! I purchased anchor charts, mini handheld whiteboards, books for my classroom library, binders, science center activities, listening center equipment, letter and number stamps, art supplies, and many containers for organization. My kids noticed right away! They were so excited, their favorite was the mini handheld whiteboards—we use them for everything! ATPE is a great organization that gives back to teachers. The association provides great benefts and resources!" PHOTOS BY KELLY RINEY

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