The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes
the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools,
provides professional training opportunities, and works to
improve salaries and employment security.

Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING





* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.

NCATA Legislator of the Year

Senator Valerie P. Foushee

State Senator Foushee first joined the legislature after her 2012 House campaign in District 50. Representing rural Orange and Durham counties, Foushee built relationships, passing several local bills. She began her tenure in the Senate following Senator Ellie Kinnaird’s retirement from District 23 and now serves Orange and Chatham Counties. In the Senate, Valerie has advocated for bipartisan reform of education-funding policy to ensure transparency and appropriate funding for all school districts.

Valerie Foushee is a life-long resident of Orange County and a 1974 graduate of Chapel Hill High School. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and African and Afro-American Studies. She is also a 2005 Leadership Triangle Goodman Fellow. She is married to Stan Foushee, retired Fire Marshal for the Town of Carrboro and a Deacon at First Baptist Church. They have two sons, Stanley II and Terrence, and one grandson, Stanley III.

Valerie retired from the Chapel Hill Police Department after 21 years of service. There she supervised two units and administered an $11 million budget.

She was elected to the Board of Education for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in 1997, and re-elected to a second term in 2001. She served as Chair from 2001-2003. In November 2004, Valerie was one of eight School Board members selected to the All State School Board by the North Carolina School Boards Association. In November of 2004, she became the first African-American female elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners. She was re-elected in November of 2008 and served as Chair from 2008 – 2010.

Senator Foushee believes, "We must support public education: universal pre-K, affordable early college programs, and our flagship community college & university systems. These investments, including funds to restore crumbling school buildings, will ensure that all children are able to succeed and all of our students can compete in a global economy."

Senator Foushee serves as a member of several committees in the NC General Assembly. In education, she is a member of the Education/Higher Education Senate Standing Committee and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Education Finance Reform for 2019-2020. 

Congratulations to Senator Foushee on behalf of the NCATA Legislative Committee, the NCATA Board of Directors, and all of our members from across the beautiful state of North Carolina. Senator Foushee will be presented her award and speak at the NCATA Legislative and PDP Banquet on May 3, 2019 during the 37th NCATA Annual Conference to be held at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro.

Click HERE to access Senator Foushee's page on the NC General Assembly's website. 


2015 - Representative Rick Glazier

2016 - Senator Don Davis

2017 - Senator Mike Woodard

2018 - Representative Billy Richardson
North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone Toll Free: 1.800.979.2077
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