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President's Message

March 2023

TAPT Family,

Wow,  and just like that spring break has come and gone. I don’t know about you but for me this year is flying by very quickly. I hope everyone had a chance to relax during spring break so that you are energized and ready to tackle these next 2 ½ months. As most of us begin preparations for graduations and summer school, TAPT is also hard at work making preparations and coordinating many details to help ensure the 50th Anniversary Conference is a huge success. In addition to the conference, here are a few more events:
There are several Scholarship opportunities available for graduating seniors and adults. Graduating seniors seeking post-secondary degrees and vocational training programs, and adult members seeking higher education or professional certification.
  • Now accepting applications online through April 1, 2023.

Employee Awards:
The TAPT Employee of the Year Awards Program affords the opportunity for TAPT Members in a Supervisory role to recognize deserving staff members.  Those selected will be recognized at the annual Awards Banquet.
  • Deadline for submissions:  April 1, 2023.
  • The person submitting the nomination must be a TAPT Member (Active, Associate, Business Associate) in good standing.

State Bus Roadeo:
We are beyond excited for this event and to see all of the talent around the state come out and compete. Our Roadeo Chairs have been working very hard in preparation for Roadeo, which will be held on April 29th in Mesquite, Texas. Please remember that we are always looking for judges. All contestant and judge registrations must be received and paid by April 14 to compete/ participate. Online registration is open now.  In addition, the Executive Committee has a wonderful Awards Banquet planned for Saturday night with a keynote speaker who will share her wisdom regarding student management. Sunday morning the contestants and judges are invited to a morning session full of great sessions of information.  See the Agenda online.

Conference: Registration is NOW open to Members:
This will be our 50th Anniversary celebration.  Get ready for a great Conference, Trade Show, Pre-Conference Classes, and Celebration!!  "Sharing Pearls of Wisdom~50 Years of Foundation"

We have such a great agenda planned! The best way to build a great foundation is with professional development classes taught by our amazing and dedicated instructors who have a passion to share their knowledge and mentorship to continue to build a great industry.

I am also beyond excited about our keynote speaker Courtney Clark, as she will bring much inspirational and educational tips and ideas to take back to your districts to continue to build on our current foundations and to continue to make our industry stronger. Monday’s agenda promises a great line-up of beneficial and pertinent breakout sessions to engage and share our pearls of wisdom.
  • Saturday night Awards Banquet: Black and White Gala,      Dress Your Best – Don’t forget to wear your pearls!  
  • Monday night President's Banquet: FUN 50's theme      in honor of our 50th Anniversary! (There may be a little      let’s see those outfits!)
As I have stated before, I am excited with the direction that TAPT has been headed this 2022-2023 school year.  Our Executive Committee is here to serve you. The Executive Committee will be meeting again at the end of April to make some final updates and preparations for conference so that it can be a successful and educational one. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to Marisa, your area directors, myself, or anyone on the executive committee if you have any comments or questions.
Remember, it takes a team of passionate leaders to make positive impacts in the lives of students, parents, employees, and communities. I am so proud and honored to lead this great organization and I hope that I don’t fall short.
Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement through emails, texts, and IM’s; you have no idea what those mean to me. Let’s focus on a strong finale for the 22-23 school year.  
Respectfully yours,

Patricia Ducote, CTPTO
TAPT President 2022-2023

PO Box 488
Kemah, Texas 77565
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