Education for Educators

Texas Classroom Teachers Association thrives

By Eunice Tibay
On February 15, 2018

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Members of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association pose for a picture at their Christmas event.

The student chapter of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association at ASU provides its members, the educators of the future, with volunteer opportunities.

The TCTA is a statewide organization for teachers including teacher aides, counselors and librarians.

"It’s mostly an organization for future educators that provides opportunities to work with kids, because that’s what we’ll be doing," president of the student chapter of TCTA Victoria Galvan said.

Such opportunities include an internship at Camp Lonehollow this summer and helping out at events in the San Angelo community like the Jim Bass Ford Fall Festival and on-campus events like International Education Week and Fall Fest.

"TCTA contributes to Angelo State by representing this university with pride, respect and positivity," TCTA historian Diana Hernandez said. "Any time we are out as an organization helping with an event, we are leaders who people can look up to. We make sure to be on time, do an outstanding job, and take pride in representing ASU well. It is our mission to assist with local events that come hand in hand with children or education."

TCTA will hold a public talk with Chris Ulmer at the CJ Davidson center in March.

Ulmer is the founder of Special Books by Special Kids, an organization that aims to create a more accepting world for people with special needs.

They will also hold the Autism Walk at the ASU Pavilion in April.

The organization also holds teacher panels with its members in the fall and spring semesters, where they invite superintendents and awarded teachers who can provide them with information for their careers as educators.

Hernandez, senior, said being part of TCTA is special to her.

"The best part of being a member of TCTA are the resources and advice I have gotten that has helped me pass my classes as well as get ready for student teaching," she said.

To become part of the organization, potential members must maintain at least 2.5 GPA and pay a membership fee of $20 per academic year.

Future members must also attend six meetings and four events to be considered a member and receive their stoles for graduation.

According to Galvan, students who wish to become educators can join the organization regardless of major.

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