TCTA Executive Board member James R. Merrell retired in spring 2013 after 39 years in the classroom — most recently as a career portal technology teacher at Cunningham Middle School in Galena Park ISD.

Merrell served TCTA on the state level as chair of the TCTA Teacher Personal Committee since 2010. Prior to that, he served as a District 4 director, vice-chair of the Legislation Committee and member of several other committees.

He is active in Galena Park CTA, where he has held positions including president, treasurer and faculty representative for many years.

“James has represented TCTA with integrity, honesty and passion,” says TCTA Membership Director Julia Swope. “I will miss his smiling face and his never-ending words of encouragement. Thank you for your decades of membership, James.”