Following the school board meeting Monday night, PISD Superintendent Dr. Watkins spoke to four young ladies, high school students, to congratulate them on completing yet another requirement for the Ready, Set, Teach Program in Prosper ISD.
This program ensures that students who complete the two years of study are guaranteed a job interview after graduating from college. One of those requirements is to attend a school board meeting. Watkins explained to the students what would be happening as the Board adjourns from its regular meeting into a closed executive session.
Each of the four girls are in their second year of Ready, Set, Teach and graduating seniors for this year. Kiley Hansen says she wants to teach Kindergarten or grades one or two and plans to attend the University of Arkansas. Chandler Bicksler has the same goal and may also attend the University of Arkansas but is also considering Oklahoma State University. Emily Cary is aiming to teach seventh grade and planning on a degree from Texas A&M in College Station. Kyla Simons wants to teach high school English and is looking at Texas Tech University or Stephen F Austin in Nacagdoches, Texas. They will be ready to be back in Prosper in 2023 after a 2022 college graduation.
These young women each say they’ve known since an early age they would be a school teacher. They even held class with stuffed animals at home before starting to school. Hansen, though, can point to the exact moment when she decided to be a teacher. She said she was in the sixth grade and a high school student visited her class. “I wanted to be just like her,” Hansen said. “She looked so cool.”
There are 44 students in this year’s Ready, Set Teach program and though that seems like a lot of prospective teachers to be on the doorsteps of PISD in 2023, Associate Superintendent Holly Ferguson said PISD hires more than 200 each year.
Joyce Godwin | Joyce@CedarbrookMedia.com