Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011
Kelley Strutton (888) 879-8282

AUSTIN – Texas State Representative Alma A. Allen (D-Houston)has been selected as the Texas Classroom Teachers Association 2010-11Friend of Education in the public official category. TCTA presents theaward annually to honor a public official who has made a significantcontribution to public education in Texas. Founded in 1927, TCTA is anindependent, nonunion association for Texas teaching professionals andserves 50,000 members across the state.

Rep. Allen was first elected to the Texas House in 2004 after servingfor more than 10 years on the State Board of Education. With 39 years ofexperience as a public school teacher and administrator, she was a crucialresource for her fellow SBOE members and a vibrant force in representingpublic schools. Rep. Allen worked for the Houston ISD from 1961 to 2000,beginning her career in education as a teacher and going on to serve asassistant principal and principal at Houston elementary schools. She alsoworked in personnel and central administration, and as a guest lecturer at anumber of Houston area universities. Currently, she is a motivationalspeaker, educational consultant and professor at Prairie View A&MUniversity.

The TCTA Friend of Education selection committee credited Rep.Allen's "real world experience" with making her a key member of the HousePublic Education Committee. "She knows better than nearly anyone in theLegislature how things actually work in schools and classrooms, and hersupport or opposition to an education-related bill carries considerableweight." The committee also commended Rep. Allen for not only listeningto TCTA but frequently seeking out information and positions from TCTAon bills that would affect our members, so that she is able to ask pertinentquestions and make the most informed decisions. She was also recognizedfor her legislative package focusing on education. Rep. Allen wasacknowledged in the TCTA Legislative Stars feature in summer 2009 for herefforts on our behalf.

Rep. Allen earned a bachelor of science degree and a master ofeducation degree from Texas Southern University, and a doctorate ofeducation in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston.The Friend of Education awards have been presented since 1976.Recipients must be judged to be true friends of education, educators andstudents as demonstrated by their leadership, actions and support.TCTA will honor Rep. Allen on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, during the firstbusiness meeting of the association’s annual convention in Austin. SeattleSeahawks defensive coach Jerry Gray, a former Lubbock resident andrecipient of TCTA’s Friend of Education award in the private officialcategory, also will be honored. Educators from across the state willparticipate in professional development seminars, elect TCTA leaders forstatewide and district positions, and adopt policy positions on many current
education issues.