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Student teachers end the year with a "thank you"

Michelle Aliff teaches sight words to class with textAsk any educator – you never forget your first year in the classroom as a student teacher.

In a few weeks, 83 student teachers stationed across 43 campuses will end their time at North East ISD and prepare to interview for their first teaching job. The spring Student Teacher and Cooperating Teacher reception highlighted how they have grown as educators and people over the 2021-2022 school year. It was also a time to thank their mentor teachers.

Michelle Aliff found poise, confidence and joy in Lilia Gutierrez’s kindergarten class at Woodstone Elementary School. This is the first time Gutierrez has had a student teacher join her and her students. While Aliff has learned so much from Gutierrez, it’s been a successful experience for both parties.

Kelli Halliburton and Jennifer Lomas share their interview tips with student teachers“I always try to remember my first year of student teaching and what that was like,” said Gutierrez. “I learned a lot about the whole process in general but also a lot about myself. It’s been great to see her bonding with the students and having those relationships. She jumped right in and took initiative from the beginning.”

Before the reception, elementary, middle and high school principals shared with student teachers what they are looking for during the job interview process.

"Overall, I'm looking for a good fit for our campus and someone who fits with our mission of learning and leading for all students," said Huebner Elementary School Principal Kelli Halliburton. "I want to hear about your passion for learning and growing and teamwork. Do your homework about the school you're interviewing for and be ready to come in and show me who you are. That warmth and confidence will shine through." 

This year’s group of student teachers are invited to attend an Educator Job Fair on Saturday, April 23, at MacArthur High School. Click here to learn more.

Thank you to all of the principals and mentor teachers who made this year such a success for our student teachers.

NEISD student teachers introduce their cooperating teacher An NEISD student teacher introduces his cooperating teacher and principal

Lila Stanley
Posted on 4-6-22