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.

A Brief History

In 1981, most counties had local associations. Reva Reganhardt, an assistant in the Fayetteville area, sent letters to as many local associations as she could find and invited the officers to meet at a restaurant in Hope Mill, NC, a small community outside of Fayetteville, NC.

Ten to fourteen assistants from across the state attended that first meeting. Reva asked the attendees if they would be interested in starting a state association, and 100% of those in attendance gave a resounding, “yes!” In that moment, in that small restaurant, the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants was born.

The first officers included:

  • President - Reva Reganhardt from Fayetteville
  • 1st Vice President - Margaret Hill from Charlotte
  • 2nd Vice President - Marion Phillips from Goldsboro
  • The Secretary was from Greensboro
  • The Treasurer was from Goldsboro

The officers were installed in Fayetteville and traveled from district to district doing business out of the trunks of their cars. They carried bag lunches to their meetings. Reva served as president for 6 months, then left her job as a teacher assistant to become a nurse.

In 1982, the first annual conference was held in Goldsboro, NC. Fifty to a hundred teacher assistants were expected. When over 300 assistants registered, they had to find a larger facility than the one they had originally reserved.

In 1987, the first newsletter was typed and sent out by the officers and the District Presidents. The DP's took the newsletters into their locals and distributed them to the local officers, who, in turn, sent a copy to their schools.

Today's members of NCATA appreciate the vision of these first teacher assistants in our state. They saw the value in coming together to share, to learn, and to support each other. We continue their vision and mission today!

North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants
PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374

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