TCTA was among the public education advocates that joined forces on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. on the Texas Capitol’s south steps to kick off a 180-day marathon (to coincide with the 180 days of school) with the goal of recognizing at least 100,000 educators – teachers and librarians, principals, and current or former superintendents.

The keynote speaker for the kickoff rally was recently appointed Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams. The Texas PTA Advisory Council hosted the event, which also included performances by the Westwood High School Honors Band.

Texas Best Educator recognition marathon

The 180-day Texas Best Educator marathon encourages all Texans to log on to and complete a short form to nominate an educator who has made a difference.

"Texas teachers are doing a great job under difficult circumstances, so it is more important than ever to recognize their contributions, along with those of other educators," said Jeri Stone, TCTA executive director/general counsel.


(1) Holly Eaton, TCTA director of professional development, represented TCTA at the Texas Best Educator rally and press conference Sept. 12. (2) The Westwood High School Honors Band performed at the event. (3) Eaton chats with Texas' new commissioner of education, Michael Williams (left), and Dr. Jesus Chavez, superintendent of Round Rock ISD. (4) Commissioner Williams greeted the crowd before giving the keynote speech.