This article appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of The Classroom Teacher.

Hundreds of TCTA members from across the state attended the 2016 annual meeting Feb. 26 in Austin. In its new format, the daylong business meeting provided participants with opportunities to guide the association’s future through decisions on policy issues and the election of state officers. 

The awards program this year was on hiatus as it is being revamped, but convention-goers were treated to a keynote address by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, a session on ESSA and T-TESS by TCTA’s Holly Eaton, and a presentation and Q&A with TCTA lawyers Dohn Larson and Lonnie Hollingsworth Jr. addressing several important legal issues. (Note: TCTA members can log in and watch Holly Eaton's session and the legal session to earn CPE.)

Newly elected state officers are President-Elect Suzanne Garcia McCall (Slaton) and Curriculum & Instruction Committee Chair Felicia Nichols (Galena Park), with Budget Committee Chair Janie Baszile (Galena Park) and Teacher Personal Services Committee Chair Cristal Isaacks (Levelland) renewing their terms in office. These TCTA leaders will take office June 1, 2016, when current President-Elect Donna Corbin (Lubbock) will become TCTA’s 2016-17 President, and current President Teresa Koehler (Clear Creek) will become Immediate Past President.

Even-numbered District Directors also were elected to two-year terms beginning June 1, 2016:

  • District 4: Thomas Gillis (Clear Creek)
  • District 6: Katherine Durst (Bryan)
  • District 10: Melody Young (Sherman)
  • District 12: Sherry Miller (Killeen)
  • District 14: Gayle Turnage (Abilene)
  • District 16: Lynne McLaughlin (Amarillo)
  • District 18: Melissa Wright (Midland)
  • District 20: Elizabeth Pirtle (North East)
  • Districts 2 and 8 are vacant.

During the annual meeting, delegates also approved two governance amendments with overwhelming support.

Article V, Section 1 of the Constitution was amended so the Representative Assembly will convene at the multiday state Convention in odd-numbered years and at a one-day business meeting in even-numbered years.

Article I, Section 5, B. of the Bylaws was amended to clarify procedures for rebates to local associations.

Members also were able to purchase jewelry and TCTA swag, visit with a TRS benefits expert, and talk to TCTA legal staff at the Ask-A-Lawyer booth.

Donors contributed generously to ACT for TCTA, TCTA’s political action committee, and added $1,000 to the TCTA building restoration fund.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us Feb. 1-3, 2017, in Austin for the State Convention, which will include a lobby day at the Capitol.