Spring 2016

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Page 38 of 43 | 39 spring 2016 your atpe state committee appointments Former ATPE president Ginger Franks was selected to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend language for the rules governing T-TESS, the state's new recommended teacher appraisal system expected to roll out in 2016-17. Franks is ATPE's regional representative for regions 5, 6, 7, and 12, and was previously a content mastery/resource teacher in Martinsville ISD. A longtime ATPE member, Franks has more than 30 years of experience teaching all grade levels and areas of special education. Casey Hubbard, Coppell ATPE president, was selected to be on an advisory committee that will make recommendations to the State Board for Educator Certifcation (SBEC) related to educator preparation and educator preparation programs in Texas. Hubbard is a middle school special education co-teacher in English language arts and world cultures at Coppell ISD. She uses her nine years of experience as a classroom teacher and two years as a paraprofessional to weigh in on the variety of issues being considered. ATPE Region 13 Director Jayne Serna served on an SBEC advisory committee that reviewed and made recommendations on classroom teacher standards. Serna has been an educator for 25 years and has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels. She is currently an AP U.S. History instructor in Leander ISD and an adjunct professor of history at Austin Community College. ATPE Region 14 Director Tonja Gray also served on the SBEC advisory committee, which was assembled to develop a recommendation to SBEC on whether the current classroom teacher educator standards needed to be updated, revised, replaced, or left alone. Gray is a Literacy Success teacher in Abilene ISD and brought 27 years of experience in education to the committee. ATPE Secretary Carl Garner, who served alongside Serna and Gray, said the SBEC advisory committee's primary purpose was to ensure a set of classroom teacher educator standards that identify the professional expectations of a quality educator. Garner is the ARD chair and an inclusion/MTI teacher in Mesquite ISD. He has 16 years of experience teaching multiple subjects and grade levels. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a state committee, please consider flling out the ATPE Advocacy Volunteer Form at We hope you will get involved in ATPE's advocacy eforts and be a leader in your profession! ATPE members serve on State of Texas committees ATPE is proud of the following members who are serving or have recently served on state committees. These members are volunteering their time and talents to advance their profession. TEACHER APPRAISAL RULES STEERING COMMITTEE Ginger Franks, ATPE Regional Rep. Region 14 Director Tonja Gray, State Secretary Carl Garner, and Region 13 Director Jayne Serna, have all served on committees that help the state of Texas shape policies that afect educators. CLASSROOM TEACHER STANDARDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE Carl Garner, Mesquite ISD EDUCATOR PREPARATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPAC) Casey Hubbard, Coppell ISD CLASSROOM TEACHER STANDARDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE Jayne Serna, Leander ISD CLASSROOM TEACHER STANDARDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE Tonja Gray, Abilene ISD

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