Jimerson welcomes new employees
The smile on Dr. Bret Jimerson’s face was wide as he spoke with excitement about the Burleson ISD Aug. 8 during the new employee luncheon sponsored by the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce at Burleson High School.
The BISD superintendent welcomed the district’s newest members and the district’s communications department gave them a look at their new home through 12 humorous videos.
“I want to begin by welcoming you all to our Burleson ISD team,” Jimerson said. “In Burleson, we are at the forefront of innovation, choices, and options for our students. It is what keeps us focused on bolstering student achievement by making school more relevant, more challenging, more compelling, and more fun for students. Yes, I said fun.”
Jimerson said that Burleson ISD educators will stop at nothing to improve the school and learning experience for students across this district.
Some of the highlights for the upcoming school year include: REALM, expanding to high school with its first-ever freshman class; the first graduating class from Burleson Collegiate High School, expansion of eSports and the completion of four bond facility projects at Burleson High School, Hughes Middle School, and Kerr Middle School.
Jimerson introduced the videos which featured different departments in the district saying “In the spirit of having fun, I’d like to welcome each of you today as I introduce you to our BISD team. I think you will see, no matter how busy they may be, they are always willing to have a laugh.”
Following the videos, Jimerson addressed the new employees.
“Thank you for letting me share some of our stories with you,” Jimerson said. “I’d like to thank our executive cabinet, administrative staff, learning team, coaches, principals, mascots and more for making these videos. You will get to know these people very well throughout the year, and you will understand the power of our spirited, fun Burleson ISD team.”
The new employees were also greeted by Ken Finch, President and CEO of Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South and Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter.
Finch spoke at the luncheon about the employees’ purpose, what’s your mission?
Finch, whose parents were teachers, said he had a great respect for teachers and also people who work in the school system.
He called it a demanding job that can have a significant influence on youth.
“Thank you for the work that you do in molding our young people’s lives to be of great service in our community,” Finch said. “God bless each of you abundantly as you use the gifts that God has given to you to help you fulfill your purpose and welcome to Burleson.”
Shetter called on the new employees to be a hope giver.
“You can be a hope giver,” Shetter said. “Just remember that with each kid you encounter you have the opportunity to be a hope giver. My greatest wish for you is that you never miss that opportunity to be a hope giver.”
He added that this speaking opportunity was his favorite every year because at no time during the year will more people who can influence for our community gather in one place.
“You have more ability to shape the life of this community because you are shaping the lives of our young people,” Shetter said.
Shetter thanked the new employees for making a commitment to improving the lives of Burleson’s young people. He then thanked them for choosing Burleson as the place to do your work.
The crowd gave Shetter a hardy round of applause when he told them that any child who lives in Burleson or goes to the Burleson ISD gets to go to college if they want to.
“We have made that commitment and we need to hold to it,” Shetter said.