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Association of Texas Professional Educators Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
Mailing Address:
305 E. Huntland Dr, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78752-3792
ATPE Website

The Association of Texas Professional Educators is a member-owned, member-governed professional association. ATPE is the leading educators’ association in the state and the largest independent association for public school educators in the nation.

ATPE’s message, Supporting Your Freedom to TeachSM, speaks to all educators who work to provide a quality education for our public school students. ATPE’s benefits program provides its members with protection, advocacy and resources, which allows them to focus less on outside-the-classroom influences and more on providing a quality education for our schoolchildren.

Mesquite Education Association Mesquite Education Association (MEA)
P.O. Box 850634
Mesquite, TX 75185-0634
MEA Website

The Mesquite Education Association (MEA) had its beginnings in 1958 when it formed under the name Mesquite Teachers Association. Dr. Ralph H. Poteet, who later became the Superintendent of Schools, served as the organization's second president during the 1960-61 school year. The name was changed to Mesquite Education Association in 1970.

Through membership in MEA, employees are allowed a voice concerning professional practices. They are also encouraged to participate actively in civic affairs. MEA members are represented by a body able to speak with authority for them in communicating with other Mesquite ISD entities as well as the community which they serve.

Mesquite Educational Paraprofessional AssociationMesquite Educational Paraprofessional Association (MEPA)
405 East Davis
Mesquite, Texas 75149
MEPA Website

The Mesquite Educational Paraprofessional Association was organized during the 1965-66 school year with twenty-nine charter members. In the spring of 1968, the association hosted a very successful District X TSTA Section Meeting with secretaries from the Dallas-Fort Worth area attending. The 1974 Section Meeting was hosted by the association; and in 1978, MEPA was host to a Texas Educational Secretaries Association (TESA) area workshop.

In 1970, when teacher aides were added to the Mesquite Foundation Program, several were added to the membership and the association continued to grow. For the first time in 1974, ten members were presented their Professional Standards (PSP) certificates at the annual National Association of Educational Secretaries Conference in Houston.

Leadership training is a constant focus of the association. MEPA members are encouraged to attend area workshops, summer and fall conferences hosted by state and national associations, and district staff development courses.

Participation in Staff Training for Effective Management (STEM) certification continues to soar as more paraprofessionals learn the importance of being life long learners. Providing STEM classes for the membership continues to be a priority as several of our members attended TESA's STEM Consultant Training held in Austin each year. The number of MEPA members obtaining the Certified Educational Office Personnel (CEOP) certification continues to grow.

Also rising to new heights each year is the number of members completing the Certified Educational Office Employee (CEOE) certification offered through the National Association of Educational Office Professionals (NAEOP). At last count, MEPA has seventy-one members who have successfully completed the requirements for this certification.

Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
3000 South IH 35, Suite 175
Austin, TX 78704-6536
Texas AFT Website

The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.

The AFT has more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates, and more than 1.3 million members.

Texas Classroom Teacher Association Texas Classroom Teacher Association (TCTA)
PO Box 1489
Austin, Texas 78767-1489
TCTA Website

The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is the leading teacher association in Texas, with 50,000 members statewide. TCTA has been protecting the rights of teachers and advocating on their behalf since 1927. TCTA is an independent nonprofit, nonunion professional association for educators with no labor union affiliations.

Our mission has never wavered. TCTA represents classroom teachers and other instructional personnel who are not classified as administrators.

Texas State Teacher Association width= Texas State Teacher Association (TSTA)
316 W. 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
TSTA Website

TSTA is a movement to change the way public schools, their students and employees are treated. Our mission statement says it best: “The Texas State Teachers Association will unite, organize and empower public education advocates to shape public education in Texas thus providing a quality public school for every child.”Founded in 1880, we are the Texas affiliate of the National Education Association, 3.2 million members strong.