Lone Star College-Montgomery adjunct professor Cory Colby was recently named as state president of The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the largest educator association in the state and the largest non-union association in the nation.
the largest educator association in the state and the largest non-union association in the nation, recently named Lone Star College-Montgomery adjunct professor Cory Colby as state president.
“Aside from my original sense of elation and exceptional kind of energy,” Colby said, “I became very aware of the fact that I would like to accomplish so much in so little time. With my desire to make the public aware of what educators do and need, and make significant change, I found that it has made me much more resolved in my purpose.”
Colby is not only a part-time government professor at LSC-Montgomery; he is also a full-time advanced placement and dual credit government and U.S. history teacher at Willis High School. He also serves as the high school’s new teacher mentor program coordinator.
Colby feels that as an educator on both the high school and higher education level, he is in a unique position to lead the association and give insight from a perspective that is different than his predecessors in the role.
“It lets me see two different sides of the same coin,” Colby said. “I see how we are preparing our students and what the needs are in the classroom. I see the entire scope of our purpose as educators and then carry that message not just state wide but nationally. I am able to give outsiders a sense of what’s happening in our secondary and post secondary classrooms.”
One of Colby’s visions as president is to transition current communication with educators to fit the lifestyle of everybody in the public education system, communicating one message and one voice, utilizing various ways for effectiveness.
“In today’s public education system we see many generations on every campus,” Colby said. "There’s a lot more diversity, not only in styles and ways of learning but also with the intergenerational communication methods.”
Other ATPE roles Colby has held include state vice president, state secretary and state treasurer.
Prior to his career in education, Colby served as a congressional staffer for U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, and was vice precinct chairman for Montgomery County’s voting precinct 44, campaign adviser and manager, a candidate’s committee chairman for the county political party, and a state party convention delegate and committee member.
Colby is a graduate of Lone Star College-Montgomery and Sam Houston State University.
LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.
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