The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District welcomes their newest family members during its New Teacher Luncheon on Aug. 14.
The annual banquet, hosted this year by Harlingen High School South, is held to give new teachers the opportunity to come together, and District Administrators the chance to share their enthusiasm for the upcoming year.
“This year, we are more focused than ever on student achievement, because our students deserve success,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “It’s important for you to understand your role in their success. You set the tone in your classrooms each and every day. We have the highest expectations of you, and we know you are up for the challenge to continue HCISD’s strong tradition of being a world class district.”
The Mayor of Harlingen and members of the school board, administration and chamber of commerce were present to offer their encouragement and support to new educators to the district. Many of the individuals present were teachers preparing for their first year in the classroom.
“I’m excited to start my first year,” said Adriana Dominguez, first year teacher at the Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy. “It will be a new and different experience. I just found out where my classroom is so I’m looking forward to be able to move into my classroom and start the first day of school.”
Along with being first year teachers, many of the individuals were completely new to Harlingen. Administrators and school board members were delighted to hear about the variety of backgrounds present in the room.
With the welcomes aside, the message emphasized throughout the event was one with the goal of student achievement, and how educators play an important role in their success.
“You are the teachers that connect to our students,” said HCISD Board of Trustees President George McShan. “As a former educator, I can tell you that it’s so important to connect with students. It’s important for them to know that you care about them.”
The first day of classes for HCISD will begin on Aug. 26.
To see pictures from the event, click here.