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Making a Difference

As professionals, our members are committed to supporting quality public education and the professional rights and obligations of the education community. Our members set the policy and priorities of their professional association to meet the needs of Tennessee educators. Working in partnership with parents, business, community and government, we provide the programs and services that enable educators and schoolchildren to achieve their highest potential. 

From professional development to information on the latest education trends, we offer a myriad of resources to help you in and out of the classroom. For over 21 years, Professional Educators of Tennessee has been serving great teachers across the state of Tennessee.  Our members have often been agents of change at the forefront of education reform in the state. As the fastest growing teacher association in the state, we know that our members can be catalysts for innovative solutions to the many challenges facing education.  We look forward to creating mutually beneficial partnerships to rethink curriculum, offer professional development, develop sound policy and improve educational environments and outcomes for students across Tennessee. 
Mrs. Smith making a differenceProtecting your career is just as important as protecting any other life investment. That’s why we provide eligible members a superior protection package to protect you in the classroom with $2 million worth of liability insurance with access to our attorney’s that are available by phone, e-mail or fax during normal business hours.  In fact, we will gladly compare liability policies with any education organization serving teachers in the state. 
We do not endorse or contribute to political parties or candidates with your dues. We are not a union.  

We work year-round as a professional, positive voice focused on uniting educators in support of an exemplary public education for every student in Tennessee.  We understand in order to create a more effective system that provides the basic academic skills necessary for success in life for our students, that we must all work together. Education is a parental right, a state and local responsibility, and a national strategic interest.

There is no doubt that Tennessee has made significant progress in education in the last generation. High school graduation rates have increased, and far more Tennessee students are going to college. However, the improvements we have made in our public schools have not kept up with the transformation in society that requires more students to be more highly educated than ever before. While educating most people to a minimal or moderate level and a few people to a very high level was sufficient 20 to 30 years ago, today’s economy demands that all students receive a good quality education. The demands on our schools have increased exponentially. Our members are engaged in taking responsibility for their chosen profession, because we understand the communities in which we work and live.   

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