Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators


CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ATPE April 1, 2020, marks 40 years since ATPE was founded, and we’re commemorating this milestone with a yearlong celebration! Here we’ll share the story of those who paved the way toward the success ATPE enjoys today as the nation’s largest educator association, and we’ll recognize educators who have embodied the spirit of ATPE throughout the years. Follow ATPE’s story through our interactive timeline, browse the archives, and share your favorite ATPE memories with us.

It’s been a wonderful 40 years of YOUR ATPE!

In 1980, two fledgling groups dedicated to the advancement of public education and educators in Texas merged to form the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).

Thanks to the forward-thinking members from the Association of Texas Educators (ATE) and Texas Professional Educators (TPE), ATPE has been a champion, an ally, and a voice for the past 40 years and today is the largest education association in Texas.

Between April 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021, please join me and your fellow ATPE members in our year-long celebration of all things ATPE as we reflect on the past 40 years of our existence and look forward to supporting the educators of Texas for another 40 years and beyond.


Tonja Gray,
2019-2020 State President


40 Years of ATPE

State Presidents

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