Welcome back to another installment of our volunteer recognition program, Volunteer of the Month! For this program, we choose one member each month who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to ATPE and public education. We look for volunteers who exhibit outstanding leadership and tireless efforts, and we’re relying on YOU for nominees.
Meet February’s Volunteer of the Month, Jay Guerrero!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
I’ve been a technology service technician for 18 years at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I’ve been an ATPE member for about 17 to 18 years after a friend, who is a campus rep, approached me about joining.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing the students I have installed software for and having that bond of watching them grow—it is incredible.
What advice would you give to a new educator coming into your position?
My advice is to become a team player and to have someone you can shadow. If any assignments are unclear, ask for clarification instead of proceeding with the wrong direction.
What is the most important thing you wish someone had told you when you started out in your career?
I wish someone would have told me that in order to “get good” at something, you need to love the process. People want the outcome, but in order to be motivated to work toward it, day in and day out, you have to learn to get some enjoyment out of the process.
What has been your favorite moment as an educator?
A quadriplegic student whom I had known since he was in elementary school was in his senior year and taking AutoCAD and graphic design. He started from a simple scanning software to a much higher-functioning version of scanning with his eyes. And to hear the teacher say he’s better than some of the other students—I saw what he was doing, and I had to excuse myself from the room to cry. I was overwhelmed with emotion—so proud of him.
Share something fun about yourself.
I love games. I always try to attend game nights at friends’ homes. Everyone has always said that I don’t know a stranger. I can make a friend in a room full of strangers.
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.