Association of teacher educators


President's Message


ATE President

President (2017-2018)
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX

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Welcome from the ATE President...

On behalf of the Association of Teacher Educators, I welcome each of you to the new ATE website, the new face of ATE!  This website is the realization of a dream, which began nearly two years ago to engage our members and our global partners with better forms of communication across digital and social media platforms. The new website offers you exciting career opportunities with just ‘one-click’ to professional resources, publications, special interest groups (SIGS), leadership, and professional networking.

If you are considering a professional organization, please explore our website and see all that ATE has to offer you as a teacher educator.

The 2018 annual meeting is right around the corner! The 98th annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators will be held in Las Vegas Nevada, on February 16-20, 2018, in the iconic Flamingo Hotel on the historic Las Vegas Strip. The theme of the 2018 annual meeting, Re-Imagining Educator Preparation in A Democracy: The Teacher Educator As Public Intellectual, resonates with global challenges facing educators today.

The 2018 annual meeting will feature many exciting sessions, including a two-day NASA Education Learning Lab, dynamic keynote speakers, and over 450 thematic and featured sessions. Pre-conference workshops, the ATE Leadership Academy and the Clinical Fellows Symposium, will be offered.  In Las Vegas, we will have opportunities to engage with international teacher educators from ATE Australia, ATE Europe, including Ireland, Norway, Spain, and members of the World Federation of the Association of Teacher Educators (WFATE). We will also offer the Give-Back Program to Fremont Middle School, a UNLV partner school and clinical practice site.

I am equally excited to share that ATE has hosted monthly meetings over the past year with key stakeholders in educator preparation to increase our impact in Washington, DC. Working together, we have endorsed several national position statements and federal letters of support advocating for better funding for P-12 and post secondary education and promoting high levels of professionalism in teacher education. We identify this working group as the National Coalition of Educators. Our partners include the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the National Association of Professional Development Schools (NAPDS), the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), and the National Education Association (NEA).  Watch for our blog to be released in January 2018!

Today, now more than ever, ATE’s mission to promote quality teacher education through exemplary clinical practice and research is being realized through you, our members. Acting as public intellectuals, we are transforming into a unified voice for educator preparation, engaging in scholarly inquiry and influencing policy-making through advocacy and community outreach.

 Make your plans to be in Las Vegas in February to engage in a social re-imagining of educator preparation that will allow us to reclaim and restore the democratic ideal in education, envision frameworks for democratic policies that support public education for the common good, and give us vision and agency to prepare future generations of teachers as agents of democracy in a global society.

Boost your career by getting involved in ATE today! I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Very truly yours,

Karen Embry-Jenlink

ATE President (2017-2018)

Board of Directors

Patricia Tate, First Vice President (2018-2019)

George Washington University 

Washington, DC

Elizabeth Ward, College-University Representative (2020)
Texas Wesleyan University
Fort Worth, TX


Jim Whiteman, School-Based Representative (2018)
Polly Fox Academy, Toledo Public Schools, School Board Member
Toledo, OH

George Fero, Council of Unit Presidents Representative (2019)
McKendree University
Lebanon, IL

Christie McIntyre, Representative at Large (2019)
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL

Shirley Lefever, Past President (2016-2017)
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

Linda Austin, Representative at Large (2020)
Purdue University (Retired)
West Lafayette, IN

Judy Beck, College-University Representative (2018)
USC Aiken
Aiken, SC

John K. Hicks, Representative at Large (2019)
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA

Amy M. Barrios, Representative at Large (2019)
University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC



Christie McIntyre, Second Vice President (2019-2020)
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL

Rachelle Rogers, College-University Representative (2021)
Baylor University 
Waco, TX

Sophia Paljevic, School-Based Representative (2021)
Third Grade Teacher, NYC Public Schools
Bronx, NY

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