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Conroe ISD Welcomes New Teachers at Intro to CISD Conference

Principal lunch
A new teacher at Ford Elementary talks with her principal, Paola Gorman, during lunch.

Conroe ISD hired over 500 teachers for the 2016-17 school year and welcomed them to the District during the Intro to CISD staff development that took place Monday, August 8 through Wednesday, August 10. Over the three days, teachers participated in a conference style event that helped them become acquainted with all things CISD.

An instructional coach models a lesson at Intro to CISD.
An instructional coach models a lesson at Intro to CISD.

The event was not only a time for new teachers to learn about District-focused initiatives and curriculum, but it was also a time for them to meet new colleagues. Teachers also had the opportunity to visit a Classroom Showcase designed to highlight the best instructional practices for all grade levels and contents. This year, attendees were also treated to instructional demonstrations with groups of students.

Teachers enjoy breakfast before heading off to their first session.

A Community Services Fair kicked off the week by providing teachers access to community information all while enjoying a breakfast sponsored by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE).  Principals joined the new teachers for a lunch sponsored by Woodforest Bank later that day. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Smart Financial Credit Union and Sprint provided breakfast to welcome the new hires.

Community services and organizations participating in the fair include Allan Hamburg, DDS, PC; Arbonne; Association of Texas Professional Educators; AXA Advisors; BB&T; Children’s Books on Wheels; Conroe Service League; Davam Urgent Care; Exercise4life; Farmers Insurance – David Kerr Agency; FivePoint Credit Union; Gold’s Gym; JLA REALTY; Liberty Mutual Insurance; LuLaRoe by Shea & Pat; Magical Adventures Travel by Christina; Mary Kay Cosmetics; Rodgers Stein Chiropractic Center; Smart Financial Credit Union; Sprint; Texas American Federation of Teachers; Texas Classroom Teachers Association; Texas State Teachers Association – Conroe; The Teacher Creature Store; Trilogy Wealth Management; The Woodlands Family YMCAs; VALIC; and Voter Awareness Council.