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Lockhart High School to Host Annual Area 3 TAFE Conference in December

Heather Smith
24 teenage students wearing blue blazers and neon green sunglasses hold up the letters T, A, F & E in front of a brick wall.
Next month, over 550 students from high schools across Texas will gather right here in Lockhart for the annual Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) Area 3 Conference.
The TAFE Area 3 Conference will take place on Saturday, December 10 at Lockhart High School. Students interested in the teaching profession will participate in 31 competitions, multiple breakout sessions, a service project, and more as they create a professional network and build leadership skills.
In total, 554 student-competitors and 42 teacher leaders from 31 different high schools across the state of Texas will participate at the conference. 
This year’s conference theme is “Teach for the Stars” – a space-themed nod to the Star Wars franchise.
Lockhart was chosen to host the conference as the current Area 3 TAFE President, Peyton Crabill, is a junior at Lockhart High School. Crabill earned her position last year after completing a 3 panel interview with TAFE State Directors.
“TAFE has been a second family for me for as long as I can remember,” Crabill said. “It’s helped me develop so many important leadership skills.”
TAFE encourages students to learn about careers in education and assists them in exploring the teaching profession, while promoting the character, service, and leadership skills necessary to become an effective educator. In addition to learning about the teaching profession, TAFE also helps guide future educators on their post-high school journey through scholarship and networking opportunities.
Lockhart’s TAFE chapter currently has 55 registered members.
Keep #UnLockingPotential in Texas’ future educators, Lockhart TAFE!