Welcome to TESA!
As TESA President, President-Elect Marie Enax and I begin the 2018-2019 TESA membership year and school year being reminded of the very important role that each of us play in the lives of our students of all ages. TESA is comprised of men and women who, along with their service and commitment to TESA, believe in the education of children and fulfill their duties with passion at public and private schools, colleges, universities, and region service centers all across our great state.
My theme for this year is “TESA… Believe, Bless, Become,” which I chose for a variety of reasons –
BELIEVE … This is my favorite word…TESA has taught me to believe in myself – because when you do, you can achieve anything with determination and perseverance. I also believe in TESA and its rich heritage and aspiration to provide a place to belong, learn, and grow for the thousands of people who serve in education.
BLESS … We should always attempt to bless others as we have been blessed. TESA is an organization that welcomes and encourages support staff employees to become members of this phenomenal family where so many opportunities are available to enrich our lives on many levels. Because of what we receive, my belief is that it is extremely important to give to others and share our blessings and to help wherever needed.
BECOME … Strive to become the best you can be personally and professionally. We are all role models for the children in our families and those that attend our schools, colleges and universities as they continually watch and learn from the adults in their environment. When we set and achieve goals, volunteer, and invest in educating ourselves, we are teaching the children around us that they too can be life-long learners, enthusiastic volunteers and leaders in their community.
TESA is an association where members working together provide and receive professional development, networking occasions, volunteer possibilities and leadership opportunities – all fulfilling our philosophy of being a well-informed and supportive professional. These are the benefits of an educational team which makes vital contributions to the development of education… and this is TESA!
The 2018-2019 Executive Board and Committees collectively will pursue the great work of the association and will make every effort to seek and implement improvements for the organization and for our members. We gladly encourage your questions, comments and ideas. Please write or call me or any of the officers or committee members to share information.
TESA members, I believe in you and what we can achieve together. I believe in the members that are yet to come. And, I believe that by working together, we can relay the TESA story to reach support staff employees who are missing out on all that TESA has to offer. It is my personal goal to bless whomever and wherever the opportunity occurs – and that together, we will become the best that we can be while serving the children of Texas and the membership of the Texas Educational Support Staff Association.
With a very grateful heart,
Darcy Blackstock, CEOP
TESA President, 2018-2019