The Frisco Education Foundation awarded 32 grants to new Frisco ISD teachers as part of the annual New Teacher Welcome event held this year at Reedy High School on August 1.
Interest from the Foundation’s CoServ Endowment is always earmarked to help new teachers set up their classrooms. For a first-year teacher or even an experienced new hire with a new space to fill, $250 goes a long way when purchasing posters, materials and other classroom supplies. This year, a total of $8,000 was awarded in CoServ New Teacher Grants from the Frisco Education Foundation.
The New Teacher Welcome is a long-standing tradition in the Frisco ISD community. Sponsored by the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and coordinated with FISD and the Frisco Education Foundation, the event kicked off the new year for more than 600 newly-hired elementary and secondary teachers with door prizes, vendor gifts, goodie bags and a chance to meet the various companies and individuals who always step up for education.
The sense of community in Frisco ISD seems to be the draw for most educators who aspire to teach in Frisco. It attracts both teachers just out of college and experienced teachers looking for a change.
Mallory Davis, a new teacher at Comstock Elementary, discovered her Stephen F. Austin University buddy Chelsea Williams will be teaching at Spears Elementary. Both young women said they wanted to come to work for Frisco ISD because of the wonderful community.
Juan Damian will be the fifth grade language arts teacher at the new Miller Elementary. The recent University of North Texas grad lives near Frisco and spent his teen years visiting close friends in Frisco. Juan was one of several young men who are beginning their careers in elementary education at FISD this year. Damian is excited about teaching literature, vocabulary and grammar to fifth graders.
“I started out thinking I wanted to teach middle school but I discovered I really like the fifth grade,” Damian said.
Also joining the Miller fifth grade team with Damian is Sarah Baldwin. She will be starting her 11th year as a teacher. She comes to Frisco ISD from Lewisville ISD. Her husband was a new FISD hire last year and he loved it so much she decided to follow him. With two young children and now both parents working for FISD, the Baldwin family is now part of the FISD family.
Organizers report the welcome event was a big success with new teachers winning prizes, hearing a welcome from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeremy Lyon and sharing a meal for the first time with their principal and new coworkers.
Remember to mark the calendar – school starts August 22.