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ATPE is the voice of more than 100,000 Texas public educators. See how we are making headlines in these recent press releases.

ATPE hosts ‘Shoot for the STAARs Education Day’
03/11/2014
Texas elementary school students are tested in core subject areas such as reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies through the state’s STAAR exams. In order to help Houston-area students in grades 3–5 prepare for their upcoming tests, the Texas Southern University (TSU) chapter of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) is hosting a free event Saturday, March 15.

ATPE stresses the importance of teachers voting their profession
02/27/2014
“It’s time for teachers to vote their profession” will be the message delivered to area educators Saturday during a regional meeting of the Association of Texas Professional Educators. Newly appointed ATPE Executive Director Gary Godsey will address the group at 10 a.m. on the Texas A&M University–Central Texas campus.

House District 10 candidates to speak face-to-face with educators at ATPE Education Forum
02/13/2014
The state’s largest educator association is hosting a forum Feb. 20 for the four candidates vying to replace retiring State Representative Jim Pitts (R–Waxahachie). Pitts served the last three terms as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and was one of the strongest allies of Speaker of the House Rep. Joe Straus (R–San Antonio). 

KXAN's Dawn Denny interviews ATPE Government Relations Director Brock Gregg
01/10/2014
KXAN's Dawn Denny interviews ATPE Government Relations Director Brock Gregg.

State's top teachers value mentoring, training, public support
09/20/2013
More training and support from school districts, administrators and teacher preparation programs will help retain better teachers in the classroom, according to a 2012-13 Texas Regional Teachers of the Year focus group report. The 17 teachers who participated in the focus groups recommend that every campus in the state have a teacher mentoring program, develop programs to bring the community into the classrooms and that teacher preparation programs allow student teachers more time in the classroom to observe teaching in action.  

ATPE State President Ginger Franks contributes an editorial on teacher pay and quality
08/20/2013
ATPE State President Ginger Franks contributes an editorial on teacher pay and quality to the Austin American-Statesman. 

ATPE Executive Director Gary G. Godsey appears on KTBC Fox 7's Good Day Austin
08/20/2013
ATPE Executive Director Gary G. Godsey appears on KTBC Fox 7's Good Day Austin to discuss school funding and testing in anticipation of the 2013-14 school year. 

Special education teacher is new ATPE state president
08/07/2013
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) recently elected longtime member Ginger Franks as the association’s state president for the 2013-14 school year. Franks, a special education teacher in the Martinsville Independent School District, will represent the association and about 100,000 Texas public school educators who are members.  

Former Denton principal wins ATPE Administrator Educator of the Year Award
07/25/2013
Denton Independent School District former assistant principal Martin H. Brumit was honored July 19 with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Administrator Educator of the Year Award. Brumit, a 19-year education veteran, was presented with the award plus a $1,000 check at the 2013 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center. 

Round Rock third-grade teacher wins ATPE Elementary Educator of the Year Award
07/25/2013
Round Rock Independent School District teacher Rachael Brunson was honored July 19 with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Elementary Educator of the Year Award. Brunson, a 16-year education veteran, was presented with the award plus a $1,000 check during the 2013 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center. 

Nacogdoches high school teacher wins ATPE Secondary Educator of the Year Award
07/25/2013
Nacogdoches Independent School District teacher Kimberly Cross was honored July 19 with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Secondary Educator of the Year Award. Cross, a 16-year education veteran, was presented with the award plus a $1,000 check during the 2013 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center. 

San Antonio school assistant wins ATPE Associate Educator of the Year Award
07/25/2013
Lackland Independent School District math and science assistant Mary H. Reyes was honored July 19 with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Associate Educator of the Year Award. Reyes, a 22-year education veteran, was presented with the award plus a $1,000 check at the 2013 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center. 

Rio Hondo special education teacher wins ATPE Special Services Educator of the Year Award
07/25/2013
Rio Hondo Independent School District teacher Susana Gonzales Andrews was honored July 19 with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Special Services Educator of the Year Award. Andrews, a 22-year education veteran, was presented with the award plus a $1,000 check during the 2013 ATPE Summit Awards Banquet held at the Austin Convention Center.  

Actor, community activist Edward James Olmos to keynote ATPE Summit
07/12/2013
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) will kick off its annual education conference with a special keynote by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Edward James Olmos. Olmos will speak to more than 1,000 public school employees in attendance at the 2013 ATPE Summit July 17–19 at the Austin Convention Center.  

Innovative educators to share successes, challenges in public education
06/05/2013
The ATPE Foundation will honor the accomplishments of teachers and lead guided focus groups and professional learning at the third annual Texas Regional Teacher of the Year Gathering. 

ATPE announces new executive director
05/23/2013
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) announced today the selection of Gary G. Godsey as its new executive director. With 33 years of nonprofit management experience, Godsey has dedicated his life to the nonprofit sector and has been responsible for raising more than 700 million dollars for nonprofit organizations in health and community building. 

Jourdanton Elementary School wins $1,500 literacy grant from ATPE Foundation
05/01/2013
Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation board member Tina Briones made a special presentation to Jourdanton Elementary School during its April school board meeting to recognize the school for winning a $1,500 literacy grant from the foundation. Kay Longley, the school librarian, applied for the foundation’s Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative Grant with the hope of adding new books to a library collection that is more than 15 years old.

Tuloso-Midway Primary School wins $1,500 literacy grant from ATPE Foundation
04/22/2013
Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation past president Rose Perez will make a special presentation to Tuloso-Midway Primary School during its school board meeting today to recognize the school for winning a $1,500 literacy grant from the ATPE Foundation. Sarah Walker, the school librarian, applied for the foundation’s Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative Grant with the hope of adding new digital books to a library collection that is more than 15 years old. 

Granger Elementary wins $1,500 literacy grant from ATPE Foundation
04/03/2013
Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Executive Director Doug Rogers will make a special presentation to Granger Elementary School during today’s Granger ISD school board meeting to recognize the school for winning a $1,500 literacy grant from the ATPE Foundation. Lisa Repa, a teacher at the school, applied for the foundation’s Beth Ann Rogers Literacy Initiative Grant with the hope of adding new physical and digital books and computer software to a library collection that is more than 20 years old.  

Wichita Falls teacher wins $2,500 tech grant from ATPE Foundation
02/26/2013
City View Elementary School teacher Keven Robertson was recently recognized by her school district for winning a $2,500 technology grant from the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation. Robertson, a gifted and talented teacher and coordinator, used the grant funds to purchase 10 Nexus tablets for student use. 

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