Hear from Robin Toy about ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn, no matter their situation or circumstance.
I teach in my district because it is literally a great place to work. The opportunities for professional growth and development are second to none. As a teacher evolves on a campus and within the district, the family-like infrastructure is there to support and sustain that trajectory. In Alief ISD, you are only limited by your imagination and work ethic.
When I teach, I try to get my students to focus on doing one thing well, which gives them a sense of accomplishment and motivates them to conquer other formidable areas of both their academic and personal lives. Too often, mostly due to circumstances beyond their control, my students arrive to me in a fragile state of being and have rarely had a real win. I make it my personal business to ensure that each and every one of them has every opportunity to have that experience. I am a true believer that all students can learn, no matter their situation or circumstance.
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Alief Independent School District, an urban school district located in southwest Houston, TX, seeks teachers, administrators and professional support staff, such as counselors, librarians and speech-language pathologist.
Located only minutes from the thriving downtown Houston area, Alief offers teachers great benefits and great facilities to teach in while remaining close to the offerings of a large city. The district frequently has employee nights at sports teams, such as the World Series Champion Houston Astros and Atlantic Baseball League Champion Sugar Land Skeeters.
We provide excellent teaching and career advancement opportunities. Our competitive salaries and benefits, diverse student population, resources and location in west Houston make Alief ISD attractive for professional educators.
Alief ISD is always in need of talented, passionate teachers who want to make a difference in the lives of their students. Alief’s district technology initiatives help prepare students for 21st century learning, and the district’s relationships with community volunteers, mentors and business partners benefits teachers and students alike.
The district offers a beginning teacher salary of $53,600, the lowest insurance premiums in the Houston area and excellent professional development through our Alief U New Teacher Induction Program.
At Alief ISD, we value our staff members. As a Houston Chronicle Top Workplace Award winner for three consecutive years, we provide our teachers with the highest take-home compensation in the Houston area. We give our staff the support they need to do the best job possible for our students. Professional development is just one way we provide that support. All new teachers enter an intensive, three-year professional development program called Alief U. In addition to Alief U, Alief's Professional Development Department strives to support teachers to increase student achievement by providing them with a rich variety of brain-friendly learning resources.
In addition to the professional development programs offered to all teachers, we provide mentoring and induction support to beginning teachers. For our more veteran teachers, we strive to develop a variety of strategies
to increase satisfaction, effectiveness and retention.
The district offers first-class facilities, including the 225,000-square foot Center for Advanced Careers, which gives our Career and Technical Education (CTE) students a chance to earn certifications in areas such as automotive technology, culinary arts, nursing, robotics, engineering and much more in a state-of-the-art facility.
It is the goal of Alief ISD to maintain a total compensation package that will attract and retain a talented and diverse workforce to successfully achieve district goals. In Alief ISD, we strive to provide our valued employees and their families with comprehensive, affordable insurance programs. Alief ISD promotes a focus on health and wellness in the workplace by offering innovative programs, such as free mammogram screenings, fitness trackers, free flu shots, WebMD and Total Family Care to provide health care with no copay for all employees who select Alief Aetna insurance. There are multiple fitness-related contests and incentives for employees throughout the school year.
There are two routes to become certified: the traditional route that involves completing a bachelor’s degree and teacher preparation program, and the alternative route for candidates following non-traditional pathways to the classroom. Understanding the process to becoming a teacher can help you develop a plan for fulfilling all the requirements for teacher certification. Alief ISD partners with a variety of certification programs, such as RELAY, A+Texas Teachers, iTeachTexas, Region IV and ACT-Houston.
Teaching English as a Second Language is a high-demand subject of instruction that continues to grow in Alief ISD. As children from foreign countries continue to immigrate to our community and enroll in our schools, the number of students whose native language is not English continues to grow. Thus, many of our campuses serve English Language Learners (ELL). In order to appropriately meet the academic needs of our ELL students, we require all of our teachers to become ESL certified within the first two years of employment.
The Teachers as Future Educators (TAFE) is a strong program across the district that does an excellent job of promoting the teaching profession to high school students. Through this program, students are able to obtain hands-on experience in the classroom. The district's leader of this program, Andrea Lotsu, was honored as the District's Secondary Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Many of her students were present at the ceremony in which she received this award.
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