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Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) is a statewide organization that offers students the opportunity to explore the teaching profession. We accomplish this by creating and supporting various activities, workshops, contests, scholarships and summer workshops. We give operational support to more than 235 active chapters across the state of Texas. We publish a quarterly newsletter, produce a Sponsors' Handbook, New Chapter Starter Kit and organize an Annual State Conference, Summer Leadership Workshop, Region/State Officers Retreat and Sponsors' Workshop. We are committed to encouraging the best students in Texas to consider a career in teaching. Please contact us if you wish to join us in our mission.

 Veribest "OUTSTANDING" Chapter, State of Texas, 2010-2011 

             Visit the State "T.A.F.E." Website at: http://www.TAFEOnline.org/

About TAFE TAFE Region 15 Conferences and Workshops TAFE Chapter Directory

About TAFE  Return to TOP of Page
The Texas Association of Future Educators or TAFE (pronounced "taffy") is a co-curricular and extra curricular statewide non-profit (501 c3) student organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The organization was created in 1984 so that the best and brightest high school students in Texas would have the opportunity:
  • To learn about the teaching profession, its opportunities, responsibilities, and its important role in our democracy.
  • To explore their interests and abilities in relation to the various fields of teaching.
  • To cultivate the qualities of character, service, and leadership which are essential in good teachers.
  • To learn how and where teachers receive their training, the cost, scholarships available, number of years required, certification requirements, and standards.
  • To study the lives and influence of great teachers.
TAFE is one of the nine Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) recognized by the Texas Education Agency. TAFE is proud to be the newest CTSO recognized in Texas. This recognition has not been granted to a student organization in Texas in the past 20 years!

TAFE is sponsored by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and is governed by a board of directors comprised of teachers, students and principals.

National Affiliate
TAFE proudly supports the work of the Future Educator Association (FEA) and each year a delegation of TAFE's top student leaders attend the FEA National Conference to represent the lone star state.

"Teachers-The Hope for Tomorrow"

TAFE Region 15  Return to TOP of Page
Past President School: Veribest High School

Sponsor: Donna Taylor, Advisor of the Year Nominee (2011-2012)

Phone: 325.655.2851

Email: donna.taylor@veribestisd.net

Veribest TAFE Chapter "In the News"
"TAFE Students: Providing Warmth for those in Need"
San Angelo Standard Times Article and Video - December 16th, 2010 

"LEARNING: Concho Valley students learn importance of giving"
San Angelo Standard Times Article and Video - December 19th, 2011 

Regional Conference: January 25, 2012
Location: Wall High School, Wall, Texas

Conferences and Workshops  Return to TOP of Page

The TAFE 28th Annual State Conference, San Antonio, TX. on February 12-14, 2012
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Keynote Speakers:

"Stacy Bess"
Stacey Besss first teaching assignment, the only job she could find, at The School with No Name. In a small shed behind a community homeless shelter Stacey Bess taught Kindergarten through sixth grade to children with no homes and little hope, an experience that effected a profound change in the teacher as well as her students. Stacey discovered that by teaching and modeling love, self-worth, personal power, and courage she could reach children who had previously been labeled unteachable. These children have grown into living proof that Staceys methods work. Her memoir Nobody dont love Nobody inspired the Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie Beyond the Blackboard.

Stacey has a bachelors degree in elementary education from the University of Utah. Her outstanding service has been recognized with a number of awards on the local, state, and national levels, including the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service.

"Dr. John M. Folks"
Dr. John M. Folks, Superintendent of Northside ISD, heads one of the largest and fastest-growing school districts in Texas. Folks has been an educator for 41 years and this year was named the 2011 Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards. Dr. Folks has served as Superintendent of Northside since July 2002 and is the former top education leader for the state of Oklahoma and the former Superintendent of Spring ISD in Houston.

Dr. Folks also has served as Superintendent of the Midwest City-Del City Public Schools in suburban Oklahoma City and as Dean of the School of Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. A native of Oklahoma who earned his bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Folks began his teaching career in Port Arthur, Texas.

A vocal advocate for public education, Dr. Folks is Past President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and serves on the Executive and Legislative committees. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Fast Growth School Coalition, on the Board of Directors of the Texas Academic Decathlon, and the Texas Education Reform Foundation/Texas Education Reform Caucus. Dr. Folks also is a Past President of the Texas School Alliance and a Past President of the Texas Association of Suburban/Mid-Urban Schools.

State ELF Test Study Guide

Education Leadership Fundamentals (ELF) State qualifiers: The following is a list of possible questions that will be used on the State ELF test at the TAFE Annual Conference. The majority of the questions were also part of the regional study guide so the material should not be totally new. The ELF committee did add some additonal multiple choice questions and a few essay questions.

Study tips:
  • Do not study letters of the correct answers. Find the answers and study the answers.
  • Some people study well by themselves and some people study better with a group. Find a study group that is going to help prepare you to do your best on the state ELF test.
  • We will have at least one essay question on the state ELF test and maybe more. The essays will be scored based on the content and quality of communicating ideas in standard written english. Think about your answers in full sentences and complete paragraphs. The essay portion will be handwritten so legibility and spelling will count.
Download the State ELF Test Study Guide 

TAFE Publications:

Veribest TAFE Chapter Directory  Return to TOP of Page

Veribest TAFE Officers:

Chapter President:

Araceli Hernandez
Veribest High School

Chapter Vice President:

Jaime Oliver
Veribest High School

Chapter Treasurer:

Jordyn Bauerlein
Veribest High School

Chapter Secretary:

Brianna Brown
Veribest High School

Chapter Parliamentarian:

Charly Holik
Veribest High School

Chapter Historian:

Ariana Hernandez
Veribest High School

Chapter Project Coordinator:

Javier Carmona
Veribest High School

Veribest TAFE Members:

  • Lesley Oliver, Senior
  • Edgar Ramirez, Senior
  • Marisa Casillas, Junior
  • Ethan Lankford, Junior
  • Juan Esquival, Junior
  • Jan Nurnberger, Junior
  • Clay Schaefer, Sophomore
  • Jessica Tharp, Sophomore
  • Kynsey Jones, Sophomore
  • Joaquin Carmona, Sophomore
  • Joseph Carmona, Freshman
  • Angela Molina, Freshman
  • Ashley Esquivel, Freshman
  • Rachel Stanley, Freshman
  • Stormie Braswell, Freshman
  • Alex Valenzuela, Freshman
  • Mikeala Gonzales, Freshman
  • Amber Hays, Freshman
  • Heather Oliver, Freshman
  • Haley Oliver, Freshman
  • Brandon Brown, Freshman


Veribest ISD
P.O. Box 490,
10062 F.M. Hwy.
Veribest, TX. 76886
Phone: 325.655.2851
   Fax: 325.653.0551

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