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THE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE TEACHERS

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Welcome to The Texas Health Occupations Association

Howdy!

My name is Deanie Gold.  I am serving as the President of THOA for 2017-18, and I’m so excited to be here!  THOA is undergoing some exciting changes, and I think you will like what you see.  The Board of Directors and myself are committed to making THOA a true support system for Texas Health Science Teachers.  When you need help or have questions, we want to be able to help you.  If you are a new teacher in the classroom for the first time, we want to be able to help you.  If you are teaching a new course for the first time, we want to be able to help you.  And, if you’ve been in the classroom for years, and just need to hear that you are doing a good job and making a difference, we want to be able to help you, too. 

This past July, THOA sponsored a summer professional development conference specifically for Health Science Teachers.  It’s been a number of years since this was done, but I’m thrilled to say that our conference in July was a HUGE success!  More than 300 teachers attended the conference in College Station, and the overwhelming comment was that everyone loved having only Health Science sessions to choose from.  Everything we did was just for YOU:  the Health Science Teachers of Texas!  And, folks, we are going to do it again!  Save the date – July 23-26, 2018.  We will meet again in College Station, and we hope to have even more attendees and more for you to see and learn about. 

I want to encourage you to check the thoainc.org website often for exciting updates.  Currently, the talks, powerpoints, and paperwork from many of the presenters at our conference are posted on our webpage.  There’s some GREAT stuff there, and something for everyone!  We are also trying to increase our presence on social media.  Check out the THOAINC Facebook page and feel free to comment or post pictures of what’s going on in your classroom!  You may also want to add Texas Health Science Teachers Facebook page to your list.  It is a closed group, started last year by a teacher who was dedicated to helping keep Health Science Teachers posted on news, changes, and great ideas.   Unfortunately for us, she had to leave teaching, so THOA is now managing this site also.  There have been some great questions asked and many resources shared, so be sure you check it out! 

Do you see a trend here?   All teachers in Texas are facing changes, and we need to support and help each other in any way we can.  Don’t reinvent the wheel!  Ask, and you just might receive!  We are here for you!  We want to help!  Don’t hesitate to contact me or any member of the BOD with your questions and comments.  We’re here to help! 

And – SAVE THE DATE – July 23-26, 2018 – THOA Conference in College Station, Texas! 

It’s going to be a great year!

Deanie Gold

THOA President