Welcome to the first installment of our new volunteer recognition program—Volunteer of the Month! With this program, we will choose one member each month who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to ATPE and public education. We are looking for volunteers who exhibit outstanding leadership and tireless efforts, and we’re relying on YOU for nominees. The winner will be featured on the ATPE Blog.
Meet November’s Volunteer of the Month, Julie Fore!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
My name is Julie Fore, and I have been a pre-K instructional specialist with the Early Learning Department in Dallas ISD for four years. This is my 15th year in education.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I have been an ATPE member for six years. My husband and I chose to join ATPE for its basic core values, the feeling of “family” that we felt with other members, and the affordability of the coverage that we knew we needed as educators.
What advice would you give to a new educator coming into your position?
One of the most solid points of advice that my own past teachers gave me once I graduated from Arkansas Tech University with my teaching degree was to make sure I joined a teachers’ association. This is advice that I pass on to new teachers that I encounter as well: “Make sure you are covered in the event that the unexpected happens!” It’s alarming how many new, and even veteran, teachers feel that they don’t need any type of coverage. I am constantly looking for new ways to engage fellow educators in discussions about ATPE, both for recruiting new members as well as keeping current members active.
How have you grown as an educator over the years?
Joining ATPE and prioritizing the need to stay active in meetings and events with my fellow members has helped me grow in my educational knowledge, my political knowledge, and in my leadership skills. It is a pleasure to lead and serve my fellow Dallas teachers and educational partners as the Dallas ATPE president.
Share something fun about yourself.
My husband and I love to travel, and we especially love when we are visiting other parts of Texas and find fellow ATPE members! With both of us being educators, our vacations often overlap with opportunities to find resources for our classrooms and grow our own knowledge about best practices.
Congratulations, Julie! Texas public education is lucky to have you! Thank you for being an outstanding ATPE member.
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.
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