Killeen, TX/2022: Three prospective teachers received the VIP treatment Wednesday during a hiring event at Chaparral High School.
Killeen ISD’s human resources department conducted the personal introduction to give the potential new teachers a chance to see KISD up close and to hear about what makes the district unique.
Breakfast and lunch were provided and the three toured parts of the new high school and observed classes in session and Power Hour.
They learned about KISD’s implementation of the state’s incentive allotment that can greatly increase teacher pay.
They ended the day with job interviews.
“Everyone has been so welcoming,” said Ravin Schulz, a recent college graduate completing alternative certification.
She said she appreciated the wealth of information the school district provided and that she observed a diverse population and engaged student body.
“It sounds like KISD gives great support to new teachers, which smaller districts probably don’t have,” she said.
Nilka Evans, a current KISD employee seeking alternative teacher certification said she saw “a close-knit family.”
She praised Chaparral Principal Gina Brown, who talked with the prospective teachers.
Charity Bumpers, a Killeen resident with children in the district, is also a recent college graduate seeking alternative teacher certification.
She said KISD seems to provide the opportunities of a large, urban district while maintaining a home-like feel.
“Students here seem to be engaged,” she said. “There is a lot of opportunity for growth for teachers.”
Killeen ISD conducted similar VIP hiring events at Haynes Elementary School and Nolan Middle School.