A Message From Our President


Sharon MenaWelcome to the Texas Educational Support Staff Association home page. TESA is the only professional association specifically for paraprofessionals working in education in Texas. Member benefits include reduced cost of workshops and conferences, leadership opportunities, scholarships, awards, eligibility to earn a position-specific certification, and training to become a certification course instructor. We typically hold one or two area workshops each year and an annual conference held each June. Staff Training for Effective Management (STEM) certification courses are held throughout the year.

I am thrilled and honored to serve as your 2021-2022 TESA President. I have chosen as my theme this year, Reach for New Horizons. For many of us, myself included, we create imaginary boundaries for ourselves. When a new opportunity presents itself, we respond with hesitancy. Oh no, I can’t do that. Why do we do that? A few years ago, I began to challenge this response. My motto became, the answer is always “yes” to new opportunities. In 2021-2022, I want to challenge each one of our members to eliminate “can’t” from your vocabulary. I love the quote by Konrad Adenauer, “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” Your horizon (your boundary) is what you make of it. Stretch yourself this year, and there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

The Executive Board and committee members met earlier this summer and are filled with excitement for the coming year. Rest assured they are already hard at work for you! President elect Juliana Holmes will Chair the STEM committee. I don’t want to steal her thunder, but watch for some very exciting new courses in the STEM curriculum, including technology-related courses!

I am pleased to announce that the hotel and venue have been confirmed for the Summer Work Conference (SWC). More details will be announced this fall, including a special hotel room rate for conference attendees. SWC Chair Teri Baldridge and committee are buzzing with enthusiasm and have begun making plans for a spectacular conference. Exciting news! Destination Bryan met with the Executive Board and committees in July and has agreed to serve as a sponsor for the Summer Work Conference. By conference attendees staying in Bryan and enjoying the sights of the city, TESA will receive a $7,500 conference sponsorship!

President Elect Juliana Holmes and I, as well as the Executive Board, are here to serve you. We look forward to working with you this year to Reach for New Horizons!

Sharon Mena, CEOP
TESA President 2021-2022

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