The Legislature is in session and TFA Chapters are doing their part to make it a Good Session for Faculty.
On October 19th, 2012 the University of Texas Pan American Chapter hosted a meet and greet at Schneider’s Restaurant in McAllen for members from three of the lower Rio Grande TFA Chapters: UTPA, UTB, and STC. There were 78 TFA members in attendance. This gave members a chance to socialize and meet their local Representatives before the 83rd Legislative Session began.
In the picture from left to right: Richard Sanchez (Chief of Staff to Sergio Muñoz, Jr.), Mark Winkel (UTPA President), Sergio Muñoz, Jr. (Rep - District 36), Te Norman (Board Member), Mary Dean (Executive Director), Melynda Nuss (Board Member) Terry Canales (Rep - District 40), Bobby Guerra (Rep - District 41) and Terry Garrett (UTB President and Board Member)
From left to right: Terry Canales: Texas House of Representatives District 40, Bobby Guerra: Texas House of Representatives District 41, and Sergio Muñoz, Jr.: Texas House of Representatives District 36
On January 18th and 19th four hundred educators, legislators, and community members participated in a forum organized by the El Paso Teachers Association to solve problems caused by budget cuts and high stakes testing. TFA members from both UTEP and EPCC served on panels as moderators, and lead focus groups on Saturday following the panel. The El Paso Student Chapter of TSTA participated as well.
Some of the 400 Audience Members
Vice President of the National Education Association Lily Eskelsen spoke to a packed auditorium at Bowie High School on Friday night during an El Paso Teachers Association forum to discuss social Justice in Education
Ed Martin - TSTA Government Relations Director
From left to right: Rep. Marisa Marquez District 70; Dr. Kathleen Staudt, UTPA/TFA, Senator Jose Rodriguez, District 29, Rep. Joe Moody District 78.
From left to right: Dr. Aurolyn Luyks, UTEP/TFA, Dr. Elena Izquierdo, UTPA/TFA, Mary Aldridge Dean, TFA Executive Director, Michael Coulehan, EPCC/TFA Chapter President President and TFA Board Member, Norma De La Rosa, El Paso Teachers Association President, and Dr. Kathleen Staudt, UTEP/TFA
TSTA Student Chapter from UTEP with TSTA President Rita Haecker and TSTA Vice President Noel Candelaria
January 30th was Valley Day at the Capitol. Two busses drove up from the Lower Rio Grande Valley to participate in the activities which included music, photos with Valley Reps, and talking to Legislators.
Dr. Kenneth Buckman UTPA/TFA and Dr. James Aldridge UTPA/TFA; two Past TFA State Presidents arrive in the Capitol.
THECB Commissioner Paredes Meets with Texas Faculty Association Board
EPCC and UTEP organizing meetings
UTPA and STC joint reception
Six UTPA faculty members win 2010 Regents' awards
As of October 4 the six winners from Pan Am are TFA members.
EPCHE 'Clean the Rio' day