Welcome to another edition of our volunteer recognition program, Volunteer of the Month. Do you know an ATPE member who goes above and beyond the call of duty in both their commitment to ATPE and public education? Send us their name and they just might be featured!
Meet April’s Volunteer of the Month, Jeri Willis!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
I am a teaching assistant/job coach at Boerne High School. I have been in and out of this role for 18 years and have been a teaching assistant for 27 years.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I have been an ATPE member since I started at Boerne High School 23 years ago because I was working in the classroom with the president of our local unit at the time. He strongly suggested that I join.
What made you want to be an educator?
I didn’t really choose a career in education. I was subbing at a middle school in San Antonio for about two years, and when I took my daughter for orientation some of the ladies who I had worked with at the school told me they were looking for someone to fill a teaching assistant position. I really didn’t want a full-time job at the time, but my kids were going to be getting braces so I decided to go to work for one year—that was 27 years ago!
What is your favorite part of your job?
I really enjoy going out and working with students in the community. I really try to find a fit for each student so that maybe someday they will be able to get a job on their own. We have had a number of our special needs students continue to work in our community after they have aged out of high school.
What’s your favorite Texas vacation?
My favorite Texas vacation is camping with my family at one of Texas’s state parks. Usually these trips are with my mom, my daughter, and my three grandchildren.
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 email@example.com.