ATPE News

Summer 2017

ATPE News is the official publication of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the largest educator association in Texas. The magazine addresses the most important issues affecting public education in the state. Learn more at ATPE.org.

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ATPE NEWS 3 DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE T o say that Texas educators have a full plate is an understatement. ATPE members give their all to their students and are con- stantly striving to improve Texas public ed- ucation. That's why we want to make sure we're doing our best to support you—not the other way around. Like its members, ATPE is always looking toward the future. We strive to be the best we can be—for you, and for your students. That's why we are constantly seeking your feedback. On our annual surveys, we ask: What can we do to serve you better? What's your biggest challenge as an ATPE member and an educator? Year after year, the answer comes back the same: Time. You have told us that you just don't have the time to volunteer for our organization. Your priority is your students, and that's how it should be. We want you to know we're listening. Based on your feedback, ATPE has decided to allow local units the option of deactivating. If the work involved in maintaining an ATPE local unit is too much for you and your fellow volunteers, this might be a good option for you. And you don't have to feel guilty. If you feel equipped to stay on in your current role, ATPE will continue to provide the same leadership support that it always has. If you opt to deactivate, your superior membership benefits will not be affected in any way—you'll continue to be a valued member of the ATPE family. Please feel free to contact the membership department if you have questions or concerns. We look forward to a bright future where ATPE supports Texas educators and students for many years to come ATPE News The official publication of the Association of Texas Professional Educators State Officers Julleen Bottoms . . . . . . President, Corsicana (12) Carl Garner . . . . . . Vice President, Mesquite (10) Byron Hildebrand . . . Secretary, San Antonio (20) Tonja Gray . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer, Abilene (14) Cory Colby . . . . . . . . . . Past President, Willis (6) Board of Directors Michael Sweet . . . . . . . Pharr-San Juan-Alamo (1) Cesarea Germain . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi (2) Andy Erdelt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Palacios (3) Eli Rodriguez . . . . . . . . . . . Cypress-Fairbanks (4) Suellen Ener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beaumont (5) Charles Lindsey II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnolia (6) Janie Leath . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nacogdoches (7) Jimmy Lee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paris (8) Dale Lovett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olney (9) Meredith Malloy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ferris (10) Karen Hames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lewisville (11) Jason Forbis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Midway (12) Jayne Serna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leander (13) Desirie Ries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hawley (14) Darlene Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ballinger (15) Dawn Riley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bushland (16) Brenda Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hale Center (17) Bridget Loffler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Odessa (18) Rudy Romero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clint (19) Tina Briones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Antonio (20) ATPE Staff Gary G . Godsey . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director Alan Bookman . . . . . . Deputy Executive Director Elaine Acker . Mkting Communications Director ATPE News Staff Gary G . Godsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Editor Elaine Acker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editor John Kilpper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Art Director Leslie Trahan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Managing Editor Erica Fos . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Graphic Designer Jean Schlitzkus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Writer/Editor ATPE News contains legislative advertising contracted for by Gary G . Godsey, Executive Director, Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E . Huntland Dr . , Ste . 300, Austin, TX 78752-3792, representing ATPE . ATPE News (ISSN 0279-6260) is published quarterly in fall, winter, spring, and summer . Subscription rates: for members of the associ- ation, $3 . 32 per year (included in membership dues); non-members, $10 per year . Extra copies $1 . 25 each . Published by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, 305 E . Huntland Drive, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78752-3792 . Periodical postage paid at Austin, Texas, and at additional mailing offices . POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ATPE News, 305 E . Huntland Dr . , #300, Austin, TX 78752-3792 . Advertising rates may be obtained by sending a written request to the above address . Opinions expressed in this publication represent the at- titude of the contributor whose name appears with the article and are not necessarily the official policy of ATPE . ATPE reserves the right to refuse advertising contrary to its purpose . Copyright 2017 in USA by the Association of Texas Professional Educators ISSN © ATPE 2013 0279-6260 USPS 578-050 305 E . Huntland Dr . , Ste . 300 Austin, TX 78752-3792 (800) 777-ATPE (2873) atpe . org | atpe@atpe . org Gary Godsey ATPE Executive Director

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