The holiday season is here, and what better way to celebrate goodwill then by announcing our next Volunteer of the Month. For our Volunteer of the Month recognition 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 November’s Volunteer of the Month, Janice Hornsby of Axtell ATPE!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
I am the technology director at Axtell ISD, and I’m in my 13th year here.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I’ve been a member of ATPE since 1990 (my first year of teaching). I honestly joined ATPE because I was told to! But after the first few years in the classroom, I started volunteering more in my local, and that led me to the region and so on from there.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love helping teachers with their technology. I love showing them easier ways to take care of the mundane chores that go with teaching. I also love showing them new ways to connect with their students.
What is the most important thing you wish someone had told you when you started out in your career?
I remember my very first year of teaching—I student taught in the same school I ended up teaching in, right next door to the teacher I student taught with. I remember walking into her room after that first day looking all beat up and dusty, and I asked her, “How many more days do we have?” She just smiled at me and said it will be OK. “You and the kids will get into a routine, and before you know it, they will know how to write their names!” (And this was third graders.) I wish that someone had told me that kids in May would be vastly different from kids in August!
What is the most important thing Texas educators can do for their profession?
I think the most important thing that Texas educators can do for their profession is to get out and VOTE! It’s also important that they take the time to get involved in their professional organizations.
What’s your favorite Texas vacation?
I love renting (hopefully one day owning my own) a house on a lake, any lake. I mean right on the lake, where I can go out on the porch and sit and fish from the edge or sit with a cup of coffee and watch the sunrise over the water!
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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