Meet the January Volunteers of the Month, Debra Perry and Yolanda Capetillo

Welcome back for another installment of our volunteer recognition program, Volunteer of the Month! Each month, we choose one member (or two!) 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 January’s Volunteers of the Month, Debra Perry and Yolanda Capetillo!

What is your job title?
We both are retired educators. Yolanda taught elementary science. Debra taught second grade.

How long have you been an ATPE member?
Debra has been a member since 2000 and Yolanda since 2009.

What advice would you give to a new educator coming into your position?
Join a teachers’ organization immediately. Start another retirement plan, even if it doesn’t seem possible. Most importantly, have a good mentor whom you can depend on and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. No one knows the answers when they first begin teaching—you learn as you go.

What is the most important thing you wish someone had told you when you started out in your career?
You will never have everything under control! It is a constant changing environment as an educator.

What is the most important thing Texas educators can do for their profession?
Stay informed of proposed legislation and bills that could affect education, and be aware of how you can be involved. Be sure to let your politicians know your opinion about politics involving educators. Be sure to be an educated voter!

What’s your favorite Texas vacation?
We both enjoy the Texas coast as our favorite Texas vacation spot.

Share something fun about yourself.
Yolanda likes scrapbooking, collecting vinyl albums, and antique/junk shopping.

Debra likes traveling, especially when it involves missions; loves to entertain her seven grandchildren; and stays busy volunteering as a teacher at after-school Bible clubs.

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