“Message from  San Benito TSTA President”

Dear Members,

An agenda for Thursday night's board meeting, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., has been posted, and a copy is attached herewith for your convenience.  At this meeting, it's my understanding Dr. Puig will present his recommendation to the board for the impacted areas of reduction district-wide.

I respectfully request each of you make every effort to be in attendance to show your support of our district employees and send a united message to our board members that we oppose any reduction in the work force in our great district.  Although the board members earlier approved the reduction in force, we can only hope and pray that a last minute alternative measure can be achieved in order to minimize the loss of even one employee as a result of the district's prior business practices.  Let's each wear a black shirt in support of our joint opposition, and, together, let's make a grand statement at the board meeting to show we stand firm on our heels against any reduction in force.

If there's ever been a need for your presence at any of our board meetings, now is the time.  Please be in attendance Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. wearing a black shirt or top to show your support of our district family.

I sincerely appreciate your efforts in this regard and hope to see you Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Dora L. Perez

(956) 245-8758


“What I Wish I Had Known”

Teachers share their best advice to help new educators start their first year with confidence. 


Manage your classroom fairly and firmly 
“Classroom management is very important. Have fair rules, consequences and rewards. Do not try to be the student’s friend. They need to respect you first and then they can be your friend, like being a parent instead of a playmate. Always keep promises you make to students, and if you tell them you are going to do something as a consequence or punishment, then follow through. If you don’t, they will not respect you.” — Diane Mentzer, library media specialist

Ask for help, and learn from your mistakes 
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Develop relationships where you can be honest and get advice and new ideas. Don’t be afraid of mistakes, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!” — Kendra Wisenbaker, fifth-grade teacher

Get advice and support from teachers 
“Be prepared for anything! College courses do not prepare you for the reality of teaching. However, there is a great group of teachers talk to and look to for advice. That’s what I found when I joined NEA student and then my local when I became a teacher. I’m always thankful that I have that connection to other teachers so we can share our stories and advice.” — Amy (Murphy) Gabriel, fourth-grade teacher


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