Summer 2017

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34 ATPE NEWS What ATPE Means to Me Two university ATPE members reflect on why they joined ATPE and what they learned at last year's summit. BY SEPTEMBER RICHTER AND HEATHER STUDE, SCHREINER UNIVERSITY ATPE W hen I became a member of ATPE, I didn't know what to expect. I knew the organization would insure me if anything were to hap- pen, but I wasn't sure what else they did. Once I became secre- tary of the Schreiner University local unit, I learned a little more about the association and grew more excited as I heard about the meetings and the ATPE Summit that I would get to be a part of. But it wasn't until I attended the 2016 Summit that my eyes were opened to all that ATPE is. It was my first major ATPE experience, and it exceeded all my expecta- tions. The support and encourage- ment coming from several profes- sional educators and their local units was overwhelming, and this helped me to see the unity within the organization and demonstrat- ed the fact that ATPE truly does have its members' backs. The highlight of the summit for me was listening to the inspir- ing keynote speaker, Dr. Adolf Brown. He reminded us all that teaching is more than getting students to pass a test and go on to the next grade. Rather, teach- ing is about reaching out to each MEMBERS SPEAK © ATPE Satff

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