Friday, October 23, 2009

2009 SPOTLIGHT TEACHER GALA (Salute to the Stars)

The Spotlight Teacher Award
What does it mean to be an exemplary teacher? The district's Portrait of a CFISD Teacher describes these characteristics.
  • Intructional Strategist
  • Creator of Student-centered Environment
  • Positive Role Model
  • Lifelong Learner
  • Team Player
This year Cy-Fair ATPE Local sponsored Post Elementary "SPOTLIGHT TEACHER" Anne DonLevy.

Turning Point
Anne DonLevy - Post Elementary School
Grade 1 - Math, Science, and Social Studies
As I walked into the classroom, I knew the school year would be different. Almost every day of the previous school year, the older children in the neighborhood had to drag me, crying, to school; but from now on, I would come enthusiastically.
This was a place I wanted to be—an inviting room with stars hanging from the ceiling and areas for different activities. A piano sat ready for my new teacher’s able fingers and strong voice. She welcomed us to the classroom with a genuine smile and assured us we were in the right place.
My desk was labeled just for me, and my teacher addressed me by name. I was immediately comfortable. I knew that she cared about me not only as a student in her class, but also as a person.
Learning was fun again. Being given the confidence I needed transformed me from a shy, unhappy student into one who loved learning. I wanted to be just like my teacher.
My mom must have gotten tired of listening to me talk about her. I am sure that I was not the first girl in her class who insisted on wearing a dress every day because her teacher did. To this day, I still recall Mrs. Bargerhoff as my favorite teacher, as well as the one I hope to emulate every day in my classroom.

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Cy-Fair ATPE handed out over 700 New Teacher packets at the New Staff Orientation on Aug. 13th. Each teacher received a folder with an application for membership plus a magnet and pen to use for the upcoming school year. Cy-Fair's wheel of fortune resulted in 7 new teachers having their membership paid by the local as GRAND PRIZE WINNERS! Everyone that took a chance on spinning the wheel received a prize ranging from a paid membership to notepads, lunch bags, coffee mugs, pens, highliters, and book bags. Cy-Fair ATPE officers and campus reps. attended the NSO at Cypress Lakes and Cypress Ranch High Schools.
Becky Keels (Membership) with a "new" ATPE MEMBER.
Let the spinning begin!.... "Who's Feeling Lucky?"
Roman Nunez (Treasurer) explains how the wheel works.
*Every spin you're a WINNER!
Pam Tompkins (Secretary) assists a "new" ATPE MEMBER.
As Our Cy-Fair Local Unit is
"Positively Charged for 2009"

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


CyFair ATPE Local Unit had a successful "BACK TO SCHOOL CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE DINNER" today, Tuesday - August 11, 2009. *It was a sheer delight having ATPE State Field Rep Holly Clark attend our dinner. 
We Are Positively Charged & Ready For The 2009 - 2010 School Year Without A Doubt!

Spring Creek BBQ
CyFair ATPE Officers are getting ready for our meeting/dinner.
CyFair ATPE is Ready, Set, GO!
CyFair Officers prepares w/ Internet access and virtual brochure.
Mix & Mingle
Campus Reps @ Mix & Mingle
Holly Clark (State Field Rep) gives CyFair Local Campus Reps
Box Stuffer Ideas found on Leader Central.
*To access your "LEADER CENTRAL" click on the link below.
Question for a PRIZE: *Name 2 Things On CyFair's Blogspot?
(Good one Holly!!!)
CyFair ATPE had a successful & Positively Charged
(back row):
Roman Nunez; Treasurer / Gloria Hawthorne; LAN /
Jay Guerrero; Vice President / Eli Rodriguez; President
(front row):
Becky Keels; Membership / ATPE State Field Rep; Holly Clark
/ Pam Tompkins; Secretary

To Holly Clark:
We will miss you as our ATPE State Field Rep
but we wish you well with your future endeavors!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

NSO (New Staff Orientation) ASSEMBLY DAY!

CyFair ATPE Members gathered to assemble
NSO (New Staff Orientation) goodies!
CyFair Local Officers getting ready for NSO!
CyFair Membership pulls together on assembly day.
Application, Clip & Pen... We're Ready!
It's All About The Assembly Line...
Officers & Campus Reps work as a TEAM!
CyFair ATPE is On The Go!


CyFair ATPE Local's President Eli Rodriguez, Vice President Jay Guerrero and ATPE Campus Rep Charlotte Godsey welcomed the Substitutes this morning at the Richard E. Berry Center (The Arena) as 500 Substitutes arrived to reactivate themselves for the 2009-2010 School Year!
Substitutes arrving @ the Berry Center (The Arena)
The District's Substitutes were greeted with a smile this morning from ATPE CyFair Local unit.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Dear Campus Representative:

Thank you for your service as an ATPE campus representative for Cy-Fair ISD for the 2008-2009 school year. We look forward to another successful school year.

Currently, we have several Cy-Fair schools without campus representatives. In an effort to recruit campus reps for these schools our ATPE local is offering a $25 gift card incentive. If you are able to recruit someone at any of these campuses, you and the new rep will each receive a $25 gift card of your choice. The $25 gift cards will be awarded at the upcoming Back to School Assembly Dinner for Campus Representatives at Spring Creek BBQ at 5935 N. Hwy. 6 at 5:30 p.m. on August 11 (invitation reminders will be sent shortly). Below is a list of the campuses without campus representatives:

Adaptive Behavior Center
Alternative Learning Center East
Andre Elementary
Bang Elementary
Cy-Falls High School

Gleason Elementary
Hemmenway Elementary
Holmsley Elementary
Jowell Elementary
Keith Elementary
Labay Middle School
Walker Elementary

If you have a friend or know someone at one of these campuses who is a member of ATPE, we would appreciate you contacting them to see if they are willing to serve as a campus representative. If they agree, please contact Becky Keels at

*New Teacher Orientation is Thursday, August 13. Elementary NTO will be at Cypress Lakes High School and Secondary NTO will be at Cypress Ranch High School. Recruiting times will be from 7 to 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. If you are available to help with recruiting at any of these times, please contact Becky Keels. We would really appreciate your help!
*ATPE Educators are the Heart of Learning and what keeps our Cy-Fair ATPE Local membership strong. THANK YOU for the time and effort you put into your job as campus rep. We appreciate you and all that you do!

*If you have not joined our Cypress-Fairbanks ATPE
(FACEBOOK) please do so.
You can look for the logo below and request to join:
(click on link below to take you to Facebook)

Friday, July 10, 2009



We will be utilizing this site for all future upcoming dates, events and information for CyFair ATPE News! We hope you have an exciting year as this year's theme is:

"Positively Charged for Positive Changes"

Your CyFair ATPE Local Executive Officers are:
President - Eli Rodriguez

Vice President - Jay Guerrero

Secretary - Pam Tompkins

Treasurer - Roman Nunez

Membership - Becky Keels

LAN Coord - Gloria Hawthorne
Past President - Ginger Picone

2009 - 2010 CyFair ATPE Officers

Know that ATPE is there for your PROTECTION
At no additional cost beyond the annual membership dues:

*Every eligible ATPE member is covered by up to $8 million in professional liability insurance. This is the highest level of coverage offered by any Texas educators’ association. It includes up to $2 million per occurrence for civil rights claims brought by students.

*Eligible ATPE members also have access to up to $10,000 per claim for legal costs related to employment rights protection. The benefit is guaranteed, win or lose, by an insurance contract.

*ATPE employs 11 staff attorneys who may assist eligible members with employment concerns at no additional cost. For prompt and confidential service, eligible members need only call (800) 777-ATPE or submit concerns securely online.*

Need an Application?  Would Like To Join ATPE? click on the link below: