April showers bring May Volunteer of the Month honors. So, let’s congratulate our May Volunteer of the Month! In case you didn’t know, 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 May’s Volunteer of the Month, Jackie Hannebaum of Corpus Christi ATPE!
What is your job title? Where do you work? How long have you been in this role?
I am a tutor and substitute in Corpus Christi ISD. I taught at Evans Elementary School for 45 years and Oak Park Elementary School for 15 years.
How long have you been an ATPE member? Why did you choose ATPE?
I’ve been a member since 1996. I used to be a member of AFT, and during the first year of my career ladder, they used two different evaluation methods. I lost my career ladder money and AFT did not send an attorney to represent me. ATPE members were more trustworthy, so I found my family with them. ATPE is more than insurance and attorneys—it’s a family. When I have a problem, in the good times and the bad times, someone is there for me.
What made you want to be an educator?
I grew up with a friend with Down syndrome, and I loved the way he looked at life, always smiling and enjoying life. I wanted to teach those kids, so I went into special education.
What is your biggest hope for the future of Texas public schools?
I want the state to put the kids first, thereby putting the future of Texas first. The state of Texas looks down on schools when they [the legislators] don’t realize how many hats a teacher wears. Kids should be the priority of this state.
What is one thing you would change about your job if money were no object?
Data collection every week! Why does it not feed right into the Response to Intervention?
Share your favorite moment as an educator.
I saw a pair of grandparents start crying when their granddaughter with Down’s syndrome sang with the rest of the class. They never thought she would be part of the group. Those little moments mean everything. Also, serving on the ATPE Board of Directors. I never thought I’d do that.
What’s your favorite Texas vacation?
Port Aransas; I was raised going to Rockport and Port Aransas. I like the Hill Country, too.
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.