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Raper Re-Elected to the AMLE Board of Trustees



Lee alumna Emily Browning Raper, a language arts teacher at Cleveland Middle School, has been re-elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Raper Re-elected
Emily Browning Raper


Raper was a charter member and president of the Collegiate Middle Level Association chapter at Lee University. She has received her school district’s Middle Level Teacher of the Year award and currently serves as the district’s English Language Arts teacher leader for grades 6–8. Raper has presented at the AMLE conference, the Partners in Education conference, and the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools Conference.

AMLE is a global non-profit association and leading provider of quality resources, programs, and services for those who work with young adolescents—youth aged 10 to 15. Founded in 1973, AMLE has more than 34,000 members in 45 countries.

According to Raper, “I am thrilled to be elected to the AMLE Board to serve a second term. This Board is filled with such talented and dedicated people, and I consider it an honor to work alongside this group. I look forward to continuing our critical work in the middle grades and making AMLE the best organization it can be!”

Members of the AMLE Board of Trustees serve a critical role in setting the strategic plan of the association and advocating for policies and practices that guarantee a quality education for all young adolescents.

“We are pleased to have Emily continue to serve on the AMLE Board as we engage in the important work of making a difference in the lives of students,” said Executive Director William Waidelich.

The Association for Middle Level Education helps middle grades educators reach every student, grow professionally, and create great schools. A non-profit membership organization, AMLE members include teachers, principals, counselors, professors, researchers, and others interested in the education of 10- to 15-year-olds. 

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