Paul Paese elected Association of Teacher Educators president

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
March 9, 2007

Paul Paese, director of teacher education and former associate dean of the college of education at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been elected president of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Although Paese will officially take office as president of the association in Feb. 2008 and serve in the position for one year, his responsibilities will start immediately and will extend one year after his service as president.

"It is an honor to be elected president of ATE," Paese said. "As a profession we have many challenges, such as high stakes testing, program accreditation and the importance of quality teacher preparation."

As a member-driven association, ATE relies heavily on the contributions of time and experience by volunteers like Paese. For the next three years, Paese will serve on ATE's executive committee, and as president he will have the responsibility of appointing many ATE members to standing committees and councils which he may establish.

The ATE was founded in 1920 and is an individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education both for school-based and post-secondary teacher educators. ATE members represent more than 700 colleges and universities, more than 500 major school systems and the majority of state departments of education. ATE members are dedicated to the improvement of teacher education through leadership in the development of quality programs to prepare teachers, the analysis of issues and practices related to the preparation and career-long professional development of teachers, and the provision of opportunities for the professional and personal growth of association members.