2017 ATPE Award Winners

ATPE award winners were announced at the 2017 ATPE Summit, which was held July 10-12 in Austin.


Charles Pickitt Educator of the Year Award

This award recognizes ATPE members who demonstrate exceptional or innovative capabilities in their respective educational fields. The winners are:

Administrator of the Year—David Vroonland, Mesquite ATPE

Associate of the Year—Yolanda Salinas, Edinburg ATPE

Elementary Teacher of the Year—Christopher Adams, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ATPE

Secondary Teacher of the Year—Krysta Reed, Andrews ATPE

Special Services of the Year—Michael Balderas, Edinburg ATPE


Doug Rogers Campus Representative of the Year Award

This award acknowledges ATPE volunteers who are fundamental to the continued growth and development of our grassroots organization. The winners are:

Local units with 201-500 members—MaElena Ingram, McAllen ATPE

Local units with 501+ members—Hilda Martinez, La Joya ATPE


Local Unit of the Year Award

This award acknowledges local unit efforts and accomplishments during the year. The winners are:

Local units with 1-200 members—Lackland ATPE, Region 20

Local units with 201-500 members—Boerne ATPE, Region 13

Local units with 501+ members—Alief ATPE, Region 4

University local units—Lone Star College—Cypress-Fairbanks, Region 4


Excellence in Communications Award

This award recognizes outstanding local unit communications. The winners are:

Local units with 201-500 members—Boerne ATPE

Local units with 501+ members—Edinburg ATPE


Alafair Hammett Media Award

Named for ATPE’s first president, this award recognizes individual local media reporters for their outstanding support and coverage of public education. The recipients are:

Ashlei King, KABB (San Antonio)

Khyati Patel, KTRE (Nacogdoches)

Priscilla Torres, KRIS (Corpus Christi)


Congratulations to all our award winners! Learn more about ATPE awards, including application deadlines and how to apply.

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