Frisco ISD welcomes more than 600 new teachers

FRISCO (1080 KRLD)- Frisco ISD held a welcome event Thursday for more than 600 teachers joining the district. The event at Reedy High School gave teachers a chance to meet each other and local business owners.

"They help us know how to guide students and help us know what's coming," says Frisco ISD Chief Academic Officer Wes Cunningham. "A big piece of our work is working with the economic development corporation and Chamber of Commerce to make sure our coursework and classes are built in such a way they can tell us, 'Here's what's coming.' That gives us a chance to build curriculum, classes and experiences for students to meet those needs coming down the pike."

Cunningham says connecting teachers with local business leaders can help them build experiences to help students apply a lesson in the classroom to the real world. The teachers are either graduating college or transferring from another district.

"Down the road, [teachers] might think, 'You know, we were talking about this concept in science. I met this doctor at the back-to-school event. Maybe I can give him a call and have him talk to our students,'" he says.

Tony Felker, president and chief executive officer of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, says the school district has worked to ensure the next generation of students is prepared to lead the city.

"There's such a big focus on mentoring, internships, partnering and volunteer hours, and making certain when kids get out, they are well-rounded and ready to join the community," he says.

In turn, Felker says a qualified workforce can help bring additional jobs to Frisco and North Texas.

The theme of this year's welcome event was "Teachers are our Superheroes!"

"This year, more than any other year, we realize they really are superheroes in many ways," Felker says.

The Texas Education Agency says Frisco is among the fastest growing districts in Texas, adding 4,255 students and growing 7.28% the past three years.

This fall, Frisco will open its 11th high school. Emerson High School is on Collin McKinney Pkwy, near Sam Rayburn Tollway and Stacy Rd in McKinney.

In the fall of 2022, Frisco ISD will open two additional campuses: Panther Creek High School, the district's 12th high school, and Buddy and Joni Minett Elementary School, the district's 43rd elementary school.

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