Member Q&A: Laura Herrera

ATPE is proud of our diverse members and the hard work they put into educating Texas children! In this new Member Q&A series, we will showcase members from across the state. Today’s post features Laura Herrera from Irving ISD.

What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?

My title is middle school social studies academic specialist. I work in Irving ISD, and this is my first year in this position. Prior to this, I was a campus academic specialist at a middle school for four years and taught high school social studies for six years.

How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?

I have been an ATPE member since I began teaching in Irving 10 years ago. I was encouraged by our campus representative to join, after she explained how beneficial it was to be a member. I was also able to serve as the campus representative myself for four years!

What’s your favorite Texas vacation?

I can’t pick just one! Camping near Pedernales Falls, going to the beach at South Padre, visiting Austin or Fredericksburg!

Share your favorite moment as an educator.

My favorite moment as an educator is seeing former students who have become educators themselves.

What made you want to be an educator?

In college, I developed a love for geography, places, and travelling. I wanted to be able to impart that love to others, so I decided to become a social studies teacher. What better way to share experiences and history of places around the world than to teach about them?

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