9 counties honor Pitts
The Ellis County Press
MESQUITE – State Representative Jim Pitts, Waxahachie, was named Legislator of the Year by the Association of Texas Professional Educators, Region 10, during the groups annual convention in Mesquite over the March 5 weekend. 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 while providing the best education possible for all Texas school children.
More than 160 educators and guests from across Region 10 were in attendance to honor Pitts, the Waxahachie lawmaker, known for his commitment to improving Texas public schools and offering more opportunities for students.
Kim Kriegl, from Waxahachie Independent School District and a former member of the ATPE board of directors, was on hand to present the award to Pitts.
ATPE regions correspond with the 20 Texas Education Agency regions. Region 10 covers portions of north Texas and includes 80 school districts spread over nine counties.
The annual convention also gave Region 10 ATPE members the opportunity to elect new officers to lead the associations regional activities.
Elected were Merry Creager of Ennis ISD, president; Carl Garner of Mesquite ISD, vice president; Shane Huff of Mesquite ISD, secretary; and Kimberly Modica-Brown of DeSoto ISD, treasurer.
Members also enjoyed a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Barbara Qualls, superintendent of the Ennis school district.
The 115,000-member Association of Texas Professional Educators is the largest educators group in Texas and the largest nonunion educators group nationwide. Its membership consists of classroom teachers, para-educators, administrators, college students and retired educators.