The first week of school I reminded myself to think about my word for the year, “champion,” as I worked with new teachers. I wanted to be a champion for them and help them realize how important they are to our school. I wanted to be a champion for the returning teachers to help them see their value to the students and the classroom. I also wanted to be a champion for myself and do things that were going to make me perform better and feel better.
While I am working on being a champion for those people around me, I know that I am a part of an association that is a champion for Texas educators.
Fourteen years ago, I began my teaching career in a small school district. I joined the ATPE because you are supposed to make sure that you are covered by a professional association… right? I made sure that I signed up every year knowing that if I was ever faced with a need to be covered legally, I would be. As I have grown in my profession, I have learned that ATPE is so much more than legal coverage.
Here are a few of my favorite ways ATPE is a champion for Texas educators:
By always having Texas educators in mind. ATPE advocates for Texas education! Check out the ATPE Advocacy page.
By keeping us informed. Check out teachthevote.org. It’s a great tool for researching the education stances of candidates for the State Board of Education and the Texas legislature. (Even better? There are no endorsements--just information!)
By having a huge amount of resources available. This includes online trainings and book studies.
By having amazing benefits and discounts for just being a member. (Did I mention there are matching funds from DonorsChoose.org available, too???)
ATPE encompasses the word “champion” in so many ways, but it also consists of champions. ATPE is a member-owned and member-governed association that is full of passionate educators.
When people hear the word “champion,” many automatically think of sports or winning a competition. But I prefer this definition: a person who fights for or defends any person or cause.
My word for this year is “champion.” I am going to be a champion for myself and others and know that ATPE is my champion everywhere else!
Are you a member of ATPE? Do you have a power word each year?
Andrea Keller is a prolific blogger who writes multiple blogs, including http://busybeeideas.blogspot.com/. She was named one of 20 educators to watch by the National School Board Association; has been named Teacher of the Year for TCEA and ATPE; and has presented workshops at SXSWedu, TCEA, and various other conferences. She is a frequent contributor to the ATPE Blog and ATPE News magazine.
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