“I’ve been able to take a lot of what was taught through the program and build a solid foundation in my teaching techniques.”– Bradley Harrison, University of Illinois, Cycle 35When you talk to Bradley it’s hard not hear the deep appreciation he has for the HISD ACP program. A biology chemistry teacher for ninth and tenth grade at Heights HS, Bradley can’t contain his excitement when he describes the classroom management techniques taught through the program.
“Choosing ACP was the best decision I’ve made to help me transition from the workforce to the classroom.”– Kristin McClintock, University of Houston, Cycle 34Formerly a contractor for HISD as a behavioral management therapist, Kristin was enticed to join the district after being impressed by the program’s rubric and terminology in behavioral management. Now a SpEd teacher for Westside HS, she hasn’t looked back sense becoming full-time in the classroom with the district.
“The program is a treasure trove of ideas and classroom management skills that makes your first-year of teaching a lot easier.”– Todd Rigney, Central Michigan University, Cycle 37After 10 years in biological research, Todd traded in his lab coat for the blackboard. An eighth-grade science teacher at Edison MS, Rigney was searching for a career change that would bring more fulfillment when he learned of the HISD ACP program.
“The program is very comprehensive and provides a wonderful training team that knows first-hand how new teachers can overcome that initial fear of the classroom.”– Amelia Bravo, University of Puerto Rico, Cycle 37A stay-at-home mom turned teacher, Amelia credits the HISD ACP program’s aggressive training approach to producing successful new teachers. The eighth-grade mathematics teacher at Sugar Grove Academy was crowned Beginner Teacher of the Year in 2017.
“No other program compares to HISD ACP program. You’re going to get the best support needed to be successful as a first-year teacher.”– Kelly Baick, Kent State University, Cycle 37A Teach for America participant, Maryland native Kelly Baick finds that the HISD Program keeps prospective teachers ahead of the learning curve. Based at Cunningham ES, Kelly was able to quickly apply a toolbox of techniques during her first year as the only grade-level math and science teacher. Her ability to remain vigilant during the process earned her the Beginner Teacher of the Year award in 2017.
“The program raises the bar in accountability in classroom management and teaching. If participants remain persistent in the program, the results will show in their classroom and in their students.”– Eric Hernandez, West Texas A&M University, Cycle 37There’s passion behind Eric’s testimony when he discusses the HISD ACP program. The twelfth-grade macroeconomics teacher at Westbury HS and ‘New Teacher of the Year’ nominee, credits the program in pushing him to be a better teacher each day.
“There’s a sense of comradery and purpose for those that attend the HISD ACP program. They take the time to create an intimate experience that makes you feel more than just a number.”– Roberto Luna, Cycle 37A Debakey High School for Health Professions alum, Luna spent more than 8 years in the legal field before deciding to pursue a career in education. The seventh-grade reading teacher at Edison MS shares that the program’s onboarding and classroom practicums are like no other.