Falls City ATPE was presented the award July 22 during the ATPE Summit Membership Awards Luncheon at the Austin Convention Center.
Falls City ATPE in Region 3 was chartered in 2000 and is led by President Cathy Stolle, a Falls City ISD third-grade teacher who has been employed with the district for 21 years.
“Just to be recognized by such a large organization when we are such a small unit is just amazing,” Stolle said. “Even though our unit only has 47 members, I feel we are united by our love of children, education, and community. Our local unit is not just part of the school. It has become a part of the community, especially this year with all that happened in the legislative session. Our community was concerned for us and looked for information that was available through ATPE.”
The 116,000-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. 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, and providing the best education possible for all Texas school children.