El Paso ATPE

Region Update

Spring Region Meeting Update

A huge THANK YOU to those that attended the Spring Region 19 ATPE meeting on Tuesday, April 28th. We had another great turn out and it seems that evenings are the best for everyone.

ATPE Region and Local Election Results

Region 19 Board

Region held elections with the membership that attended, Tuesday's meeting. Congratulations to the new Region 19 Board for the 2015-2016 year.

Region 19 Director - Rudy Romero

President - Michael Slaight

Vice President - Patti Garcia

Secretary - Aileen Gonzalez

Treasurer - Eduardo Sierra

These members will take their new offices beginning in August. Congratulations and thank you for your continued support.

El Paso District ATPE Board

Here is your Local ATPE Representatives for the 2015-16 school year:

Local President - Katherine Cepeda; kscepeda@gmail.com

Local Vice-President - Grace Garcia; gagarcia@episd.org

Local Secretary - Amada Hernandez; alhernan@episd.org

Local Treasurer - Patsy Bulos; bulospatricia@gmail.com

Local Membership - Cynthia Montes-Bustamante; cxmontes@episd.org

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to ATPE and EPISD Members.

Upcoming Elections

Fellow Educators,

Get out and VOTE! Did you know that in the State of Texas ONLY 1 in 5 teachers vote? Please take a moment to stay informed with the Teach the Vote website to become familiar with all the proposed changes in our State. Contact your State Representatives and let them know your concerns. Provided for your reference is a directory of our Elected Representatives.

El Paso Consultation

This school year, EPCO has been hard at work finding out about the changes in EPISD and making recommendations for our members. This past board meeting, I and the three other employee organization presidents stood together against the Active Learning Leader position and the direction in which the district decided on. I understand that this has not ever happened where all four organization leaders have stood together, I want you to know ATPE is on your side and working hard to ensure that you are our priority.

Thursday, April 30th we met to discuss the following:

  1. Consumable Materials - No update. There were campuses still without materials for students, and they were having to make copies. Mary Ann Clark was going to look to see if there were any additional materials in the warehouse. The person who orders these materials, retired. No one has been hired to replace.
  2. Paper allocation - No update. Apparently, at some campuses teachers are still making copies of consumable materials to have for their students, while they are using too much paper. Now that the end of the school year is upon us, Administration is going to want your lesson plans printed out. We are hoping to have an answer to you soon, if PDF will be sufficient for Administration. Ms. Durant will have an answer to us soon.
  3. Instructional Coaches - closed. Active Learning Leader is the new position. While the criteria was 85 points to make the pool; Administration changed the criteria to 65 points and all were evaluated at the new criteria. It was a "misunderstanding" of point evaluation and only 48 were recommended for the pool. 2nd round of interviews are currently ongoing. Individuals that applied may contact Human Resources or Curriculum & Instruction to find out their scoring.
  4. Discipline Referrals - EPISD leads the Region and State in the number of referrals. Administration was asked to please find alternative methods of handling referrals. We were assured that the students who are being referred to Administration for discipline and have commited an "automatic" placement offense will still be placed. EPISD Administration is asking campus administration to use discretion on the placement.
  5. Absence Policy - EPISD administrators have certain criteria to rate a campus Tier 1, 2, or 3. Student attendance, teacher attendance, parent surveys returned, and gains of the campus. Administrators were telling their campus that they could not call in sick or a personal day due to the criteria. If you are having this issue, please contact us to let us know. District administration was informed that the survey given in Spring parent/teacher conference night was too long. They will look at making it shorter.
  6. Displaced Teachers - Vilas Elementary was a closure. Due to the closure, faculty and staff at the campus was placed on the displaced list. 13 of 25 teachers/staff stayed at Mesita Early Childhood or Mesita Elementary. Custodians and Paraprofessionals were placed as need on the campuses. 12 teachers are still on the displaced list and will be placed where needed. These employees on the displaced list are priority teachers and will be placed prior to hiring outside of the district. If there are no positions for the displaced employee, then they will become a staff teacher. Many Instructional Coaches were also placed on this list. Due to the interview process for the ALL position, if there are not enough applicants in the pool, the Instructional Coach on the displaced list will then be placed at a campus as an ALL. But, this also applies to the teachers on the displaced list. As long as the certifications are in place for a teacher on the displaced list, they will be used where needed.


If you are planning on retiring this school year, ATPE would like to THANK YOU for your dedication to our community and students. Your teachings will forever be treasured, your contribution can never be measured. We hope you enjoy your well deserved retirement. Remember to sign up as a Retired ATPE member and continue to receive the benefits of our organization.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th - May 8th. ATPE would like to say THANK YOU! "A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrow in every child's eyes." -Unknown
Help us by encouraging your fellow educators, paraprofessionals, custodial staff, food service staff, transportation, neighbor, spouse, college student to join our organization. Get your co-workers to join for next year. They will not have to pay until next school year, buth they can start taking advantage of our services and discounts NOW! What an amazing opportunity! Start your summer trip planning with ATPE discounts. If you have any questions, please contact your ATPE Board. Fill out the application form to start receiving your benefits for 2015-2016, but not pay until August 1, 2015.

2015-2016 Campus Representatives

ATPE is works solely on volunteers. We could not do anything without our volunteers. Please consider becoming a Campus Representative. All we ask is if you will place items in an area for all campus personnel to see a couple times of year. If you feel like you would like to represent your campus, please contact Cynthia Montes-Bustamante at cxmontes@episd.org. A HUGE thank you to those currently serving as a Campus Representative. We could not reach all our members without you!!