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Who Are We

As a state chapter of the Association of American Educators (AAE), the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) is a statewide non-union, professional educators' organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.

ASTA -- Real Protection, Real Support

A Special Thank You to America's Educators


Why I Love Teaching

#LoveTeaching Week is a week-long celebration that takes place mid-February for educators to exercise the conversation on why they love teaching. This week, educators are encouraged to reflect and analyze their love for teaching and the importance of the profession to them. This year, this conversation is especially important as many educators put their own health on the line to teach in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The educators who are still teaching virtually are also working tirelessly to ensure their students don't miss any instruction. We encourage you to join in on the conversation with AAE and ASTA by joining our #LoveTeaching Slow Chat on Twitter by following @aaeteachers! 


By Leslie Battles


As a 27-year veteran educator, I have often been asked “Why do you love teaching?” and my answers have varied over the years, depending on my age, my current circumstance, and the dynamics of the students I was teaching at the time. Certainly, I have been guilty of giving the cliché answers “Oh, I just love working with children” or “Seeing the lightbulb go on for students is the greatest gift” and although true, these answers have never succinctly expressed my authentic feelings about the work I do. Recently, I was reminded of one my favorite words and it seemed to perfectly reflect what I love about teaching.

ASTA opposes HB1231 – Read the testimony to the House Education Committee

I am Michele Linch, Executive Director of the Arkansas State Teachers Association and it’s important to note today that I have PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. ASTA is a non-union, non-partisan educators association serving Arkansas teachers and other school employees. As a member driven association with thousands of members, you can imagine our feedback from them has been both passionately for and against this bill. But two issues membership surveys consistently confirm are the importance of local control and the need for high-quality instructional materials.

Arkansas State Teachers Association Announces Advocacy Fellows for 2020

The Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA), a nonprofit and nonunion  professional association serving thousands of Arkansas educators and school employees announces its 2020 cohort of Advocacy Fellows.