Welcome to our final Volunteer of the Month installment for the 2017-18 school year. We’ll be back again in September, so make sure to take notice of any ATPE members who go above and beyond the call of duty this summer. Send us their name and they just might be featured next school year!
Meet June’s Volunteer of the Month, Lotus Hoey!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
I am an ESL teacher and effective practice specialist, as well as the Teacher of the Year, at Pershing Middle School in Houston ISD. This is my second year at Pershing, but I have been in education since 1978.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I have been a member for 12 years. I had a very good campus rep who recruited me to join ATPE, and I was able to give myself a raise by joining because I saved a few hundred dollars!
What made you want to be an educator?
Education is very respected in my culture and family. My parents were immigrants from China and encouraged me to become a teacher. At a very young age, I loved going to school and “playing school.” I always knew I was going to become a teacher.
What advice would you give to a new educator coming into your position?
I would encourage new teachers to be flexible and open-minded. They should never stop learning to improve their craft. Always do what is best for the students. Most important is to create relationships so that students know you truly care.
What is the most important thing Texas educators can do for their profession?
The most important thing Texas educators can do for the profession is to vote! In today’s atmosphere, it is critical that educators get on teachthevote.org
to be aware and stay informed about the educational policies that affect their careers.
Share something fun about yourself.
My favorite thing to do is travel with my husband. We are foodies, and our vacations revolve around foods we want to try. We love to take in the local scenery and to travel to historic destinations. Upcoming trips include Lake Tahoe and Switzerland!
Want to learn more about this program or have questions about how you can be an ATPE volunteer? Email our volunteer program coordinator, Anna Belle Burleson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.