Local teacher new TCTA head
Photo caption: Grace Mueller
Grace Mueller, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Miller Middle School in the San Marcos CISD, was officially installed as president of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association June 20 in a special ceremony in San Antonio that welcomed new and returning members to TCTAs 10-member Executive Board.
San Marcos CISD Board of Trustees member Kathy Hansen, Muellers longtime friend and former mentor teacher, performed the installation ceremony. Hansen, a 32-year educator who retired in 2006, taught with Mueller at Goodnight Junior High and introduced her to TCTA when she was a new teacher.
Mueller took office as TCTA president June 1 and will serve in that role during the 2013-14 school year. She will help guide TCTAs efforts as the association works to enhance the teaching profession and provide a full array of services, including advocacy, to its members.
A TCTA member for 28 years, Mueller has served at the statewide level on TCTAs executive board as Communications/Public Relations Committee chair, Curriculum & Instruction Committee chair and District 13 director. Locally, she is active in the San Marcos Classroom Teachers Association, having served in roles including president, vice-president/treasurer and faculty representative for 23 years.
Mueller has served her campus and district as chair of the special education and language arts departments, and as a sponsor of yearbook, academic UIL, Pentathlon and National Junior Honor Society. She also has been a member of the district presidents council, which meets with the superintendent each month, various committees, and has served as a Literacy Collaborative district link.
In addition to being actively involved in TCTA, Mueller is a member of the National Middle School Association and the Texas Middle School Association. She is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is co-author of Our Voices Our Lives, a Holocaust curriculum for the San Antonio Memorial Holocaust Museum and Shoah Foundation, and she has received numerous honors and awards, including the H-E-B Excellence in Teaching regional award (2003), San Marcos CISD Secondary Teacher of the Year (2002-03), and Miller Junior High Teacher of the Year (2002-03).
Mueller holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology/sociology from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.
She earned her teaching certification from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University-San Marcos) in secondary reading and psychology/sociology. She also holds a special education endorsement.