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4 | KNOW • Volume 10 Issue 4 President’s Letter Calvine Rollins, GAE President This issue dawns the beginning of a new era for the Georgia Association of Educators and a serious turning point for what may be an exhilarating ride into what defines the future of this organization. This is my last edition of the KNOW magazine before leaving office as your state president. It has been a very eventful, challenging, and rewarding ride. I have made many friends resulting in strong and lasting relationships around the state of Georgia as well as the 50 states in the U.S., some of whom I will remain in contact with and others who will be cherished for a lifetime. Looking back after taking office in 2010 and conducting my very first Representative Assembly, in my address to the delegates of that Assembly, I admonished them to use team work to create and grow GAE using as a theme “Membership is Everybody’s Business.” Delegates were excited and enthusiasm flowed. I told the story of how my mother used teamwork with my siblings and I to ensure that chores were taken care of on a farm in small rural Georgia both inside the home and outside in the yard caring for the animals and harvesting the fruit and vegetables. I told of my experience of having to pay dearly for not using teamwork as a teenager playing basketball for my high school. I also reminisced about how good it felt when we played team basketball and won a playoff game. At my second Representative Assembly in 2012, I spoke about how we worked with the members of both the Georgia House and Senate along with the Governor to combat Vouchers, Parent Trigger, Dues Deduction and several more punitive bills, just to name a few. I remember the many lessons taught by my now 96 year old mother. Specifically, one that I talked about at the 2013 RA; a lesson learned at the age of five, when I tried riding a bike for the first time. You know the story . . . after many tries and falling many times, I decided that the moral of my mother’s story was that I would not always succeed on the first try or even the 4th or 5th try; that sometimes, it was alright to fail; but it was not alright to give up. As we fast forward to 2014, and as I look back on 2010 when I was sworn in as the 27th president of the Georgia Association of Educators, I have worked to encourage members to keep and hold the ideals of this Association near and dear. Before being elected GAE President, Calvine served on GAE’s Board of Directors as GAE Vice President (2004-2008); the GAE Credential and Elections Committee (1997-2003); and on the NEA Elections Committee. She also served in her local association, the Decatur County Association of Educators (DCAE), as president (2000-2010). I have made a strong and committed effort during my tenure to build and strengthen our bi-partisan relationships at the capital and with our friends back home, providing the framework for the structure of a GAE that will withstand the perilous times. We have been successful with our lobbying efforts by expanding and building relationships. As we continue in our quest to move GAE forward, and this being my last letter as president, we are encouraged by those members and staff who take the vision and mission of GAE seriously; those who continuously advocate for issues affecting education; those members who make sacrifices whether it is taking time from work to lobby or those who write letters and make calls to legislators; and most of all those who are committed to membership, knowing that it is you and others who make it possible for GAE to exist. Finally, thank you, GAE members, for your support and your dedication and contribution to public education and the education profession. And if I would have an “ask” in conjunction with comments going forward, it would be for GAE to focus on what binds us together, and acknowledge and celebrate our diversity. What binds us together is our commitment each and every day to make a difference in the lives of students and our communities, realizing that we do not know what the future holds, but we do know and understand who holds the future. Sincerely, The choice is yours. We offer your KNOW magazine in both a print format and a digital format. The digital magazine comes straight to your email box. It gives you access to more information, cool news, and lots of bonus features-from “live” ads to video. It puts all that and more just a few clicks away. Or if you prefer, you can sign up to receive the old-fashioned KNOW magazine. To have the magazine sent to you, login at GAE.org, click on your PROFILE, and choose your preferred delivery method for the magazine. KNOWEDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the professionknow a classroom the people • the politics • 5 Do you superhero? 10 KNOW who just scored a GAE Foundation Scholarship 11 Snag the details on Staples Annual Teacher Appreciation Day 14 Celebrate a CLEAN victory 16 Find out what legislation passed this session & what it means 26 Do you know which retired organization is best for you? A Peach of a Plan? Change is coming to the state health benefit plan. are set to jump again. 5 Get a jump on American Education Week 7 Enter the Great American Teach Off 10 Can Just Anybody Teach? 16 Poster: American Education Week 18 Code of Ethics for Educators 26 Election Notices 5 EDUCATION’S FRONTLINE the people • the politics • the profession inspiration aspiration The stories of GAE members who are changing their schools and our world Get ConnectED: The secret to getting the most out of your GAE membership 6 Win a school lounge makeover 10 How to review your personnel file 2 ESPs head to the Capitol 25 2012 Workshops 26 Election Notices & Online Voting WiNTEr 2012 Volume 10 • issue 2


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