• Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson, left, and Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter, right, pose with a new teacher Cortni Dale at last Tuesday’s new teacher luncheon that was sponsored by the Burleson Chamber of Commerce. Dale will teach kindergartent at Frazier Elementary. COURTESY PHOTO/BURLESON ISD

New Teachers Welcomed

The Area Burleson Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon for new teachers in the Burleson ISD last Tuesday in the cafeteria at Burleson High School.

Local businesses and community leaders provided a lunch and raffles for everyone who attended. There were many raffles that took place in the cafeteria, and one lucky teacher won a school supply tree for her new classroom.

Cortni Dale, a first-year kindergarten teacher at Frazier Elementary, shared why she chose Burleson ISD.

“I chose Burleson ISD because I first wanted to give back to my community by teaching its young,” Dale said. “This town has been my home for the majority of my life and I know that I have a wealth of mentors that I can lean on in this town from my high school teachers, to my Ready, Set, Teacher mentors, to my colleagues now at Frazier, and so many more that I am thankful for,” Dale said.

New teachers are ready for the school year to start.

“I am excited to see children learn to read for the first time,” said Dale,  who will teach kindergarten. “I have learned from the first-hand experience that a child who reads will be an adult who thinks.”

Burleson Mayor Ken Shetter, a Burleson High School graduate, told the crowd that this was one of his favorite events of the year to attend.

“Throughout the year, there will never be an occasion where we have a group of people gather who has a greater influence on the future of this city,” Shetter said.

Shetter told the new teachers that although one of his jobs is to welcome them, he also has another important job, which is to challenge them. “I want to challenge you, to be a hope giver,” Shetter said.
BISD Superintendent, Dr. Bret Jimerson provided a strong message to the new teachers.

In a short video, he showed the timeline of a student’s 2,236-day journey, starting at graduation with day 2,236 and making its way back to day one, the first day of kindergarten.

“This year we’re going to have 172 instructional days,” Jimerson said. “We are going to have these kids for 2,236 days throughout their career. And everyone of you has a chance to help shape it.”

To conclude his speech, Jimerson said, “The dog days of summer have come and gone. A new year of milestone moments is upon us. Now let’s have some fun and make the days count.”

The BISD school year starts Monday.

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