Dee Ann Poynor, a library media specialist at Wolflin and Lee Elementary schools in Amarillo ISD, will serve in a new leadership position as she heads back to school for 2014-15.
On Aug. 1, she began a two-year term as a district director for the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, a non-union professional association for teachers, librarians, counselors and other classroom professionals with 50,000 members across the state.
In June, TCTA members from District 16 - a 26-county area in the Texas Panhandle - who attended the TCTA's state convention in Fort Worth elected Poynor. She will represent District 16 on the TCTA Directors' Council, which sets policy for the statewide association, and she will assist leaders of TCTA local affiliates in her district.
"I am active in TCTA because I believe the organization is the best advocate for students and teachers when it comes to lobbying on education issues decided by state government," Poynor said.
"I serve in leadership because I am committed to the fact that teachers are professionals and should have access to professional services such as continuing education and liability insurance. I look forward to traveling the Panhandle, meeting new people, and offering support to all TCTA members in Region 16."
A TCTA member for 19 years, she is also active in the Amarillo Classroom Teachers Association, having served as the local affiliate's president and treasurer, and as a faculty representative on her campus.
Poynor, who has been a foster parent to more than 25 children, has also served on the board of the Greater Amarillo Foster Parent Association.
The Texas Classroom Teachers Association is the leading teacher association in Texas. Founded in 1927, TCTA is a nonprofit, independent professional association based in Austin that serves 50,000 members statewide. It is the only statewide teachers' association that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors and teacher aides.