Message from the TAAE President

Dr. Lisa Rogers

Greetings, TAAE.
I’m sure by the time you read this message, many of you will have begun the 2023-2024 school year.
We are now embarking on a new chapter in education. We navigated uncharted waters during Covid and made adjustments to teaching children; nevertheless, we stayed the course. We even brought about a virtual conference to continue our journey and our mission. Our former themes have exemplified who we are as an organization. Our kids have been worth the gamble. We have restored, rebuilt, and renewed. We have done this together. Our motto Shaping Lives, Changing Futures continues to be the driving force behind TAAE. Thank you all for making our state organization what it is today. In order to grow, we must revisit our five TAAE goals: unite alternative professionals, support comprehensive training programs, collaborate with agencies dealing with alternative education and training, involve educators in the legislative and judicial process in alternative education, and promote the Educator Code of Ethics.

I want to thank all our 2023 conference attendees. I applaud each of you for taking time out of your summer schedules to attend, grow, and network with other colleagues in alternative education.
I want to extend my sincere appreciation for all who have enthusiastically signed up and
volunteered to support TAAE by serving on a committee. It is not too late for those of you who would like to sign up. To my fellow board members, thank you all for your willingness and support.
I am truly grateful. Over the next two years, I'd like to focus on increasing conference
attendance, in doing so, to increase our membership further. Secondly, I would like to increase funding for our Taylor Marceau scholarship fund. TAAE’s scholarship is named in his honor and TAAE awards 2-$1,000 scholarships annually. Together we are stronger. All money raised at the silent auction and your donations go directly towards scholarships. I'd like to see school showcases, the conference resource library, and the round table socials continue. I look forward to having a keynote speaker again and networking and celebrating our annual winners as well. None of this would be possible without you. We are one; you do have a voice with TAAE and I want to hear from you. We are now making preparations for the 34th Annual TAAE conference to be held on July 10-12, 2024. We have the Genius Bar Hours in the meantime to network and communicate via Zoom.

Let’s get ready to continue the vision in alternative education.

Dr. Lisa Rogers
TAAE President 2023- 2025