Dear Region 4 ATPE Membership
I love attending our Summit conventions, I know that it is unbelievably fiscally difficult that all 100,000 plus state members attend convention, but for the one hundred twenty-six Region 4 members that signed up to attend, if we were to at least invite one new member, I know that they would be hooked and they, too, would become an active participant and groomed into an extraordinary leader for our organization. I loved Dr. Adolph Brown’s presentation and I am glad that many of you were able to purchase his book. During our 2016-2017 school year, share his enthusiasm, energy an empower others with his 4-F philosophy, (FUN, FIRMNESS, FAIRNESS, and FAITH).
One of my favorite authors coincidently has two F’s in his name, Flip Flippen, some of you may know of him from “Capturing Kids Hearts”. I read his first book, the Flip Side, years ago, and according to that book, I was a marshmallow, always saying ‘yes’ to all requests made by my family, friends and co-workers/supervisors. I realized after reading that book, that I had to change. I had emerging leadership qualities then, but saying -yes- to everyone was wearing me thin. The book helped me identify my constraints, my weakness, and had to work on developing the ability to say, -not right now. Now, there are other Flippen identifiers that perhaps you may relate to, for example: ostriches, bullet-proof, flatliners, turtles, volcanoes, bulldozers, critics, icebergs, and quick-draws. There are 100 questions that helped me identify several constraints, but my main one was being a marshmallow. I’ve shared this with you, because for the most part, I want to more than just invite you to connect with one another, I want you to connect with yourself, which in turn would then help you learn how you can connect with others, especially with our new teachers.
Having entered midlife, I look at things differently, but I know that I always still feel as if I was in my twenties. It’s funny though, how that feeling quickly changes when I go to my Zumba class, and I measure the noise level with my Decibel App reader on my iPhone, I know right then and there, that I am not twenty anymore. Perhaps, Flip might need to add a new constraint identifier and call it an FB-chat-tweet-gram-er, because for the most part our new teachers are on social media a lot, and that is okay. I, however, encourage you to connect with them, friend them, snap chat a picture of you helping them prepare their classroom, tweet how their class is rocking after the first week of school, or Instagram their smile when they get their first paycheck, because they have officially become independent. Celebrate their victories with your circle of friends. Applaud their accomplishments, their success and share it with us on our Region 4 Facebook page. I would love for us to attend as many Region 4 Connect Events as possible, especially during our 90-day membership drive. I can hardly wait for the new school year to begin, are you excited, too?
As always, represent ATPE with pride by boasting our services with everyone. These include our advocacy groups with legislation, our legal department that is there for us 24-7, making monthly donations to our PAC, using Teach the Vote to educate others, and using all the fabulous discounts listed on our member website. ATPE is member owned -member governed, it’s the best organization that has always protected our right to teach, the right to serve. My wish for each of you is to also have the four, Fs… may each of have a fascinating- fantastic, fun-filled, fabulous school year!
Always a pleasure,
Imelda E. Hernandez, M.S., M.Ed.
ATPE Region 4 President
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