Houston Independent School District
Houston ISD is the largest district in Texas and seventh largest in the nation, serving over 280 schools and over 214,000 students in Houston, TX. Houston is considered the “Best City For Foodies,” according to the 2015 Travel and Leisure Magazine. In addition, they are also featured on Council For Community and Economic Research as the “Fourth-Lowest Overall Cost of Living” city with nearly 900 parks and 121 miles of hike and bike trails. From our 214,000 students, approximately 62 percent are Hispanic and 24 percent are African American with other ethnicities making up the remaining percentages. The student population is approximately 75 percent economically disadvantaged. Being such a large district, we hire between 1,500 and 2,200 new teachers each year. This reflects a 13.4 percent teacher turnover rate. Houston ISD has set a goal to become the best district in the nation, and the first step to achieving such an ambitious goal is to select an effective teacher for every classroom. Houston ISD has centralized its teacher selection process to ensure that every classroom has an effective instructional leader. We are a global district in a global city ensuring our students graduate ready for the world.
Meet Jorge Luis Armenta
I teach in Houston ISD because I attended Houston ISD throughout my own education. I don’t see myself teaching anywhere else. This wonderful district introduced me to exemplary role models who inspired me to become a teacher. All of my former teachers contributed to the development of who I am today. I now want to be the inspiration for many children to become someone commendable in life and make their family proud.
- 3rd Grade Math Teacher
- Part of group BESO as an undergraduate
- Coordinator for mentorship program under the Solis family
- Coaching assistant for Davila Dolphins T-ball team (two undefeated seasons)
- Achieved +84% in approaches in first two years of teaching Math
Teacher Certification Program
Why I Teach
I teach because it’s the perfect platform to impact children. I have a huge heart for children and enjoy helping them, because they are innocent. They are born not knowing what is right and what is wrong, but with good guidance they can become exemplary role models for future generations. I teach because I want that positive trend to continue.
Houston Independent School District by the numbers
New Teacher Starting Salary