Mariachis, cheerleaders, motivational speakers and even a movie screening were used today to welcome back the more than 4,000 teachers that returned to work in EPISD schools on Monday.
The fan fare is part of the kick-off celebrations for the 2017-18 school year that brings with it new and exciting opportunities for teachers, students and parents.
“We had an amazing summer of learning and growth, and our teachers were at the heart of our professional development and preparation during the break,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “We want to make sure that teachers — not just students — have the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. That starts with high-quality training.”
Over the summer, hundreds of teachers attended different workshops, seminars and staff development opportunities with the goal of improving their skills and providing students with an even better experience in the classroom.
EPISD continues to focus its teaching in the Active Learning Framework, which ensures that all students engage in their education. It combines initiatives and instructional tools to help students succeed in a 21st century economy.
“It’s an exciting time to be a teacher in EPISD,” said Zach Lyons, an English teacher and swimming coach at Chapin High School. “The District is doing amazing things and our students are reaping the benefits of the innovative curriculum. I know my colleagues and I are ready to get back in the classroom.”
Throughout the District, principals welcomed teachers with fun activities.
Bonham Elementary teachers were greeted at the door with the festive music of mariachis, while teachers at Brown Middle were treated to a welcome-back breakfast.
Other schools chose excursions for their first day back on the job. Morehead Middle teachers took a bus to visit important aspects of the community they serve.
Teachers from Whitaker, Schuster and Stanton elementary schools gathered at Carmike Cinema for a special viewing of the film “Freedom Writers.”
“This movie and its subject are very inspiring and it can help us as educators see what we can do assist our student on their road to success,” said Stanton Principal Sarah Chavez-Gibson. “We felt this was a very powerful way to get the year started.”
Cabrera and Trustee Diane Dye attended the viewing. Other trustees and administrators made the rounds throughout the District to welcome teachers back.
Training and teacher preparation will continue throughout the week. Cabrera will give his address to the staff at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday during EPISD Connect. The address will be live streamed throughout the District.
First day of classes for students is Monday, Aug. 21.