Welcome back to the second installment of our new volunteer recognition program—Volunteer of the Month! If you missed our inaugural post, you can read about November’s winner here! With this program, we hope to 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.
Let’s meet our December Volunteer of the Month, Stacey Garcia!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
My job title is fourth-grade math/science ESL teacher. I work at Mary Branch Elementary in Bryan ISD. I have been a fourth-grade teacher for one year, but have been in BISD for five years.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I have been an ATPE for two years, and I chose ATPE because they were lobbying for the items I felt were important for a teacher.
What advice would you give to a new educator coming into your position?
My advice would be to listen as best you can, even when listening is hard; love to the best of your ability, especially when loving is hard; and be patient to the best of your ability for all the adults who were not patient with that one child who tests your nerves daily.
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 how hard, yet how satisfying, this job could be. This is by far the most emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting job I have ever had, yet it is also the most emotionally and mentally rewarding job I have ever had.
What’s new in your district and/or classroom this year?
I have implemented flexible seating in my classroom, and it is the best classroom management decision I have ever made.
What’s one thing you would change about your job if money were no object?
I would change the type of technology I have in the classroom. I would love for the classroom to be more interactive, but I definitely need different forms of technology for that to happen.
Congratulations, Stacey! Texas public education is lucky to have you! Thank you for being an outstanding ATPE member.
Photo: Stacey Garcia (left) with Bryan ATPE President Leah Riggs.
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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