Pictured (left to right) from Manvel High School are: Dr. Bobby Martinez (Manvel High School Principal), Marisa Carreon, Emily Curnutt, Imone Harris, Kai Dunbar, Tobie Johnstone, Cheyanne Kulak, Kim Alvarez (Director of HR), Christina Rice Imumwen (Director of CTE), Mazel Salazar, Taia Garza, Anavelia Salinas, Tatyana Wright, Julianna Lopez, and Manvel High School teachers, Pennie Yancey and Tiffanie van Sant.

AISD Ready, Set, Teach students guaranteed interviews with district

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Pictured (left to right) from Manvel High School are: Dr. Bobby Martinez (Manvel High School Principal), Marisa Carreon, Emily Curnutt, Imone Harris, Kai Dunbar, Tobie Johnstone, Cheyanne Kulak, Kim Alvarez (Director of HR), Christina Rice Imumwen (Director of CTE), Mazel Salazar, Taia Garza, Anavelia Salinas, Tatyana Wright, Julianna Lopez, and Manvel High School teachers, Pennie Yancey and Tiffanie van Sant.

In an effort to obtain the best teachers around, the Alvin ISD Human Resources (HR) team is starting early. For the first time ever, the HR team is recruiting their youngest class to date… high school students.

“We strive for excellence in Alvin ISD and are confident that our graduates are the best of the best, and will be extremely successful in their chosen careers,” said Kim Alvarez, Alvin ISD director of HR. “That’s why we want them here.”

The district is excited to guarantee students who are enrolled in the Ready, Set, Teach program, an interview upon successful completion of obtaining their college degree, and meeting state requirements for educators.

The Ready, Set, Teach program is a part of the Career and Technical Education curriculum, and occurs as a part of the Instructional Practice in Education class.

The program is a field-based internship that provides students a background knowledge of child and adolescent development principles, as well as principles of effective teaching practices. Students enrolled in the program have a desire to become educators, and have proven themselves worthy through the completion of the program.

The 2016-17 participants had the opportunity to teach at various campuses across the district for a year, which allowed them to determine if teaching is the right field for them.

Manvel High School senior Julianna Lopez quickly learned that she was headed in the right direction during her time as an intern teacher in the classroom setting.

“Going into the program, I thought that I would inspire the students, but the students ended up inspiring me.”

Twelve Manvel High School students were honored on May 16, while two Alvin High School students were honored on May 17 with a special recognition that included their family members and various staff members who have supported them along the way.

Dr. Bobby Martinez, principal of Manvel High School said, “These students have chosen a career path that is extremely rewarding, and for years to come they are going to do great things. They will have limitless opportunities to leave a lasting impression on generations of students.”

At Manvel High School Marisa Carreon, Emily Curnutt, Kai Dunbar, Taia Garza, Imone Harris, Tobie Johnstone, Cheyanne Kulak, Julianna Lopez, Yelitza Martinez, Mazel Salazar, Anavelia Salina, and Tatyana Wright were honored.

At Alvin High School seniors Katherine Andrade and Meaghan Moehle were honored for their commitment and dedication.

“These students have made a commitment to the field of education, and we’re making a commitment to them. Once they obtain their degree we are going to offer them the opportunity to come back and interview,” said Martinez.

“It’s a great way to open doors for our very own students,” Alvarez said.

Alvin ISD faculty and staff are focused on ensuring that students are provided engaging learning opportunities that allow for their goal’s to be achievable.

The placement of students in the Ready, Set, Teach program, and the offering of an interview to the participants, is just one more way that district leaders are exhibiting their confidence and belief in the students that are products of Alvin ISD.

“By choosing to be a teacher, I am choosing to see the big picture that maybe, just maybe, I can make a huge positive change in a student’s life, and little by little I can make a change in the world,” said Yelitza Martinez, Manvel High School senior.

The Ready, Set, Teach program is preparing the students to do just that.

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