ATPE winners recognized
- Written by Jeffry Tupa
Region 4 Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) grants and scholarships winners from Humble ATPE gathered at the district’s School Board Candidate Forum at the Administration Building last week, and were recognized at the beginning of the forum for their accomplishments. Deerwood Elementary School music teacher Gloria Reidlinger received one of three Region 4 ATPE Scholarships. The Scholarship Award was established to honor and reward distinguished, dedicated educators who wish to continue pursuing educational excellence. Reidlinger is currently pursuing her Masters in School Administration with Lamar University. Other winners of the $1,000 awards include Wanda Giles of Aldine ATPE and Sherry Leatherwood of Alief ATPE. Five of the six Region 4 Apple Grant 4 Kids winners were from Humble ATPE. Grants were available for professional or associate members of the Region 4 area and are exclusively for projects that directly effect students. Each grant winner received $500. Special Education Facilitator Hiedi Bassett will use grant money to purchase special software for students in Severe Communication Disorder (SCD) classrooms. The programs target critical skill areas requiring intense and specific remediation for students with Autism. Bassett works at the Instructional Support Center. Andrea Cherry, Humble ISD Facilitator for Autism, was awarded a grant to purchase computer based program for SCD classes at Oak Forest Elementary which will help provide positive reinforcement and develop cognitive skills that support learning. Cherry is in the Educational Support Services Department at the ISC. Shelia Dougherty is the science coach in Humble Elementary’s Discovery Lab. Dougherty will use the funds to plant a Pizza Garden in one of the school’s existing gardens as an outdoor classroom for second-grade students. The garden will be devoted to vegetables and herbs that grow best in our climate that would be an appropriate topping for a pizza. Students will plant, cultivate, and harvest their crop then celebrate with a second-grade pizza party where they will enjoy and reflect on learning. Debra Howsmon is a biology teacher at Atascocita High School. Howsmon’s grant monies will be used to purchase 3D Molecular Water Kits to help students visualize the cohesive and adhesive nature of water as well as hydrogen bonding. Michelle Phillips is a fifth-grade science teacher at Greentree Elementary. Phillips’ monies will be used to purchase hands-on manipulates called “figits” to teach the concepts of gravity, inertia and motion. The kits will be used by more than 400 third through fifth graders in the school’s science lab, and also in the after-school fifth-grade Science Club activities. With 111,000 members, the Association of Texas Professional Educators is the largest educators’ group in Texas and the largest non-union group nationwide. ATPE is a member-owner, member-governed professional association. Membership consists primarily of classroom teachers but also includes para-educators, administrators, college students and retired educators. ATPE is committed to advocating for better benefits for all educators, promoting a collaborative work environment, protecting the right of educators to choose the association they feel represents their interests, and providing the best possible education for all Texas children. Humble ATPE has 1,411 members. Elementary Discipline Program teacher Gayle G. Sampley is Humble ATPE president. Photo(Left to right, back row): Greentree principal Nancy Pinkerton accepting for Michelle Phillips, Hiedi Bassett, Gloria Reidlinger, and Shelia Dougherty. Front row: Debra Howsmon and Andrea Cherry.