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AUSTIN – Deann Lee, director of state/federal program with the Paris Independent School District, was recently elected state president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). Her term began Aug. 1.
Lee, an ATPE member for more than 20 years, has served the association as state vice president, secretary and state treasurer. The 24-year education veteran has also served on numerous ATPE state committees and as president of Paris ATPE.
Lee says being ATPE’s president in 2012 and 2013 will be exciting because of future changes to public education in the works.
“With elections, state education funding, reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the upcoming legislative session, educators have multiple opportunities to positively affect the five million schoolchildren of Texas,” Lee says. “My goal is to challenge others to create the change and not sit back as bystanders.”
The Association of Texas Professional Educators is the preeminent educators’ association in Texas and the largest nonunion educators’ group nationwide. Its membership consists of classroom teachers, para-educators, administrators, college students and retired educators. ATPE is committed to advocating for better benefits for all educators, promoting a collaborative work environment and the right of educators to choose the association they feel represents their interests, and providing the best education possible for all Texas school children.