A new academic year kicked off on Aug. 25 in the Houston Independent School District, and across the city, both brand-new and veteran teachers were getting to know their students, establishing new routines, and buckling down to the business of learning.
“I am excited and ready to begin a new school year,” declared Rosetta Calhoun, a returning teacher at Sharpstown High School. “I am anticipating the new personalities and challenges I will encounter.”
Overall, teachers reported the first day going smoothly. “Our principal is an excellent leader who truly crosses her ‘T’s and dots her ‘I’s,” said Monica Harris, a returning music teacher at Billy Reagan K-8. “She and her staff always have a great plan in place that minimizes traffic and confusion.”
Many teachers also expressed excitement about the chance to implement the district’s new Literacy By 3 initiative.
“I already do small groups and workstations,” added Lori Hays, a returning teacher who serves at Patterson Elementary School. “So this is just an added feature. I am looking forward to reading the books we’ve been given. The literature is wonderful.”