ATPE News Magazine

Summer 2017 | Volume 37 | Issue 4

Director's Message

To say that Texas educators have a full plate is an understatement. ATPE members give their all to their students and are constantly striving to improve Texas public education. That’s why we want to make sure we’re doing our best to support you—not the other way around.

Like its members, ATPE is always looking toward the future. We strive to be the best we can be—for you, and for your students. That’s why we are constantly seeking your feedback. On our annual surveys, we ask: What can we do to serve you better? What’s your biggest challenge as an ATPE member and an educator?

Year after year, the answer comes back the same: Time. You have told us that you just don’t have the time to volunteer for our organization. Your priority is your students, and that’s how it should be.

We want you to know we’re listening. Based on your feedback, ATPE has decided to allow local units the option of deactivating. If the work involved in maintaining an ATPE local unit is too much for you and your fellow volunteers, this might be a good option for you. And you don’t have to feel guilty. If you feel equipped to stay on in your current role, ATPE will continue to provide the same leadership support that it always has. If you opt to deactivate, your superior membership benefits will not be affected in any way—you'll continue to be a valued member of the ATPE family.

Please feel free to contact the membership department if you have questions or concerns. We look forward to a bright future where ATPE supports Texas educators and students for many years to come.

Gary Godsey
ATPE Executive Director

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