Dear Fellow Educators,
As we approach our Spring Representative Assembly, I look forward
to seeing our delegate members from across Georgia. Our Spring
Representative Assembly is the one opportunity for us to come
together as a collective body to address the issues and business
of the association. Last year flew by quickly, swiftly changing the
political landscape of our state and nation. However, let us not
forget that as a team we are the captains of our own educational
ship. We have the power to help determine the direction that ship
takes in advancing public education in a way that benefits everyone.
The 2019 Legislative Assembly has begun and your GAE team will
be hard at work under the Gold Dome looking to move our agenda
and priorities to positively impact public education. GAE members
know that education is the foundation of every other action that
takes place in life, both directly and indirectly. As GAE members,
keep in mind that together we have the opportunity to enrich,
change, and enhance the lives all we touch.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who work to
touch the lives of our precious students across this state. You, and
I, know that they are our greatest resource. I personally invite you
to join with me as we start this new year by welcoming our new
governor, and both new and returning legislators, many of whom
are at the helm, steering Georgia to a future of success. Remember
that politics is local and we will need you to contact your legislators
to help steer public education in the right direction.
Charlotte Booker, GAE President, 2018-Present
Charlotte Booker is the current President
of the Georgia Association of (GAE),
a state affiliate of the National Education
Association. Before taking the helm
as the leader of Georgia’s pre-eminent
statewide teaching organization, she
taught elementary school and was a
technology specialist in both Virginia and
Georgia public schools.
So, I look forward to seeing, talking and working with you this
year during the legislative session and at the Spring RA. Both
afford us an opportunity to use our voices for the betterment of the
students of Georgia. Until then, keep forever looking forward, never
doubting the power within yourself to make an impact to change
With warmest regards,
President, Georgia Association of Educators
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