New teachers treated to lunch and speeches at special gathering
BURLESON – Education, community and motivating young minds toward excellence were a few of the topics discussed Tuesday by three prominent speakers at the Burleson ISD’s New Employee Luncheon.
As many as 325 people packed the Burleson High School Cafeteria around lunchtime to hear remarks by Kenneth Rose, vice president of ancillary services at Texas Health Huguley Hospital, Ken Shetter, mayor of Burleson, and keynote speaker Dr. Bret Jimerson, superintendent of the Burleson ISD.
Andy Pickens, president of the school board and of the Burleson Chamber of Commerce, was master of ceremonies at the event.
Jimerson discussed what it was like to get his own Twitter account, @BretJimerson – and turn around and use it to better communicate with teachers and students.
“We have a lot of tools, and … Twitter is just another way to connect,” he said.
Rose said education is of the utmost importance in all areas of life – but especially when filling work positions at his company.
“We’re very glad to be here today,” Rose said.
Mayor Ken Shetter said giving up on students is never an option.
“It is going to be up to you to make a difference,” Shetter said.
The mayor said the Burleson Opportunity Fund provides young Burleson students with the necessary funds for higher education.
One of the previous recipients of this award, Kristen Reynolds, 23, is one of the newest teachers at Burleson ISD.
A 2011 BHS graduate, she completed her associate degree in liberal arts from Hill College in 2014. She went on to graduate from Texas Wesleyan University in Burleson with a major in elementary education in 2016.
Reynolds said the Burleson Opportunity Fund paid for four semesters of her schooling.
And now? She’ll about to start teaching fourth and fifth graders at BISD’s Clinkscale Elementary.
Incidentally, Bret Jimerson is now connecting with many people through Twitter. But Kristen Reynolds was not one of them.
“I’m not a Twitter person,” she said with a smile.