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 35 MEMBERS SPEAK As a student still taking courses, it was refreshing to meet with real, employed teachers and hear what they had to say about the profession. Talking to passionate educators made me excited to be an educator and part of such an amazing group that positively affects people every single day. —Heather Stude SCHREINER UNIVERSITY ATPE PRESIDENT I really enjoyed the college workshops, where college students like me got to meet with experienced teachers. We learned what to expect in future interviews, as well as what to put on our résumés— and what not to put on our résumés. —September Richter SCHREINER UNIVERSITY ATPE SECRETARY and every student as an individual with dreams and aspirations and helping those dreamers believe that anything is possible. I also really enjoyed the col- lege workshops, where college students like me got to meet with experienced teachers. We learned what to expect in future interviews, as well as what to put on our résumés—and what not to put on our résumés. We also had time during the summit to begin preparing as a local unit for the coming school year. This time made the organization's bigger picture real for me. My ATPE experience thus far has been incredible. I am ex- tremely excited to see what the school year holds, continue grow- ing the Schreiner University local unit, and guide aspiring teachers just as more experienced mem- bers at the 2016 ATPE Summit helped guide me. —September Richter, Schreiner University ATPE secretary In Summer 2016, I experienced my first event held by ATPE. As a junior in college, I had begun doing hands-on activities in the classroom and was told I should join an organization that would have my back in case any prob- lems came up in the classroom. I joined ATPE as the local chap- ter's president, not knowing much about what they did. Upon arriving at summit, how- ever, I experienced so much more. My colleagues and I were welcomed with open arms. Local unit presidents and secretaries approached us with words of wisdom, tips for being success- ful in the future, and a variety of resources to use if we ever needed help or had any questions. Throughout summit, I experi- enced a variety of mini-lessons that I will keep with me forever. As a student still taking courses, it was refreshing to meet with real, employed teachers and hear what they had to say about the profession. Talking to passionate educators made me excited to be an educator and part of such an amazing group that positively af- fects people every single day. My favorite part of summit was the keynote speaker. His creative interaction with the audience and his ability to get us to see through students' eyes were enlightening. He helped us remember the rea- sons we chose to teach. His mov- ing speech inspired me and had me wishing I had already graduat- ed and was in the classroom with students of my own. My summit experience helped me make the decision to stay in ATPE, even after I graduate. Summit was an amazing experi- ence, and I am already looking forward to the next one! —Heather Stude, Schreiner University ATPE president DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO SHARE? Send Members Speak submissions to comm@atpe.org . Ú THE 2017 ATPE SUMMIT IS JULY 10-12 IN AUSTIN! See pages 26-32 to preview the summit agenda and meet your 2017-18 state officer candidates. Registration and housing close June 9. Contact your local unit president about attending today!

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