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August 14,2013
Rick Beaule


Rick Beaule is an elementary music teacher in Killeen ISD. “I chose to join the Texas State Teachers Association because I believe every teacher, every employee, every person has a basic human right to have a decent wage, decent working conditions, and to be free to do the job they have chosen to do. I believe TSTA and NEA give us the best opportunity and the best chance to achieve those rights.”


This year, Daniel Lopez decided to take his TSTA membership to the next level by attending the Emerging Leaders Conference.  "It's time for me to step up and make changes," he said. 

Lopez came to learn how to improve the working environment for his colleagues and the learning environment for his migrant students at Donna High School. "We're there to help kids: to get them to the next level, to go to college and become somebody. If we cannot work together, how can we expect those kids to make it?"

Dripping Springs

Marisa Maher, a coach and business teacher in Dripping Springs ISD, was named TSTA's Ermalee Boice Instructional Advocacy Award winner at the 2013 state convention.

Leonor Terrazas, who will join the TSTA Board as an ESP at large member in 2013-2014, urges you to nominate an outstanding support professional member for the Ronnie Ray ESP Advocate of the Year Award.

Library assistant,
San Benito

“TSTA is a family,” Betty Flores says. “When one hurts, we all hurt.” Now close to retirement, Betty has been involved with TSTA since the beginning of her career four decades ago.


"Every professional should be able to live off their salary," said Lonnell Davis, a bus driver for Austin ISD for 15 years. "I shouldn't have to get a part-time job and have my kids suffer." Davis attended TSTA's statewide ESP Conference in Houston on April 14, 2013.

TSTA Student Program

"We can't just sit back and let the system create us," Brandon Swaringim, president of the TSTA Student Program, says. "We're supposed to create the system. A lot of people have it backwards -- they just sit by and complain."

They started the TSTA Student Program chapter at Texas Wesleyan University a year ago with four members and $20 in the bank. Jennifer Batchelor and Anna Randals talk about why it's important to join TSTA.

For more than three decades, the Lubbock Educators Association has sponsored a retreat for TSTA Region 2F in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Attending this year were members from Lubbock, Amarillo, San Antonio, El Paso, Aspermont, Houston, and Austin.

Austin ISD

"If you see something, such as a policy, you want to change, it all starts at the local level. I’m learning how to do that at the grassroots level and impact people in the community. I’ve met so many wonderful, like-minded people from across the state (in TSTA) who’ve shown that we do have a common purpose, and that is educating our students and getting the best treatment for teachers…so that we can better influence the lives of our kiddos.”


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