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2020 PTA Caucus: My First Experience

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2020 PTA Caucus: My First Experience

By: Jason Magafas, PTA, IPTA PTA Director



Jason Magafas, PTA
IPTA PTA Director (2020-2021)

Member since 2017

My first experience with the PTA Caucus happened just a few weeks ago, and it was both an overwhelming and relieving experience.  When I was first nominated for the PTA Director position I was honored, and after being elected that feeling only grew.  Of course, starting a leadership position is not always the easiest thing to handle, and I quickly felt overwhelmed with everything.  

Of course, this feeling subsided after my first official PTA Caucus meeting.  I got my first update as to what the caucus was discussing and what to expect for my first Town Hall and HOD meetings.  We discussed the current changes being considered about reimbursement for PTAs and took care of a number of housekeeping items, including mentorship.

It was such a relief that they said I would get a mentor since it would be my first HOD meeting, so that I would know what was going on.   The entire Midwest region caucus was amazing and so very welcoming, just like the leadership within the IPTA itself.  They even warned me in advance of “Seersucker Tuesday”, and I learned what a seersucker suit was.  Look it up, I’m sure you’ve seen them yourself and just never knew what they were called, cuz that’s how it was for me too.  

In summary, the PTA caucus is definitely out there looking out for us as PTAs.  Just like our state leadership, and everyone we meet at conferences, they are incredibly kind, heartfelt, sincere, and helpful people.   Anyone out there who has been nervous about taking up leadership positions because they felt like they aren’t good enough for it, has nothing to ever worry about.  I am only in my 2nd year of being a PTA, and even though I felt like I wasn’t ready and was ill-prepared, the network around us in our colleagues in the caucus and the IPTA leadership are here to make sure we are successful and have all the information and resources we need to represent our profession in a leadership capacity.

For more information about the PTA Caucus and PTA representation within the APTA, visit ,http://www.apta.org/PTA/Representation/

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