Hear from Concepción Camargo about the community and support within Arlington Independent School District.
Arlington ISD is like home; it's home. A lot of teachers have been working here for a long time, they love it and are great mentors. Administration is always there to help and some are my old teachers.
I started off as a nursing major, but didn’t love science. During college, I returned to my high school to tutor in the AVID program I had been a part of. I wanted to work with kids, like me, and help them refine the skills they needed to pursue their academic and life aspirations. While tutoring one day, one of the students, Daisy, asked me if I was going to be a teacher and it just clicked. I said 'yes.' The next day I changed my major from nursing to study education.
Now I’m teaching 8th grade US History and lead the AVID extracurricular class in the junior high school that I went to. I love developing relationships with all my students on a daily basis so I can be a part of their lightbulb moments and I love being home at Arlington ISD.
“When you first go into teaching, you have to have some patience with yourself. It’s a craft. You won’t develop it in six months, or a year even. You shouldn’t beat yourself down if it doesn’t always feel like you are succeeding. Just know that you are definitely benefitting your students for the better.”
New Teacher Starting Salary
Arlington ISD is a school district with more than 61,000 students and 8,400 employees that is committed to empower and engage all students to be contributing, responsible citizens striving for their maximum potential through relevant, innovative and rigorous learning experiences. We believe that our success depends on a commitment by all to a clear and focused vision, effective teaching and leadership, a positive culture that promote continuous improvement by all and an engaged community. Those beliefs will help our students excel and achieve our goal of having 100 percent of our students exceptionally prepared for college, career and citizenship.
Teachers in the district interested in future campus leadership positions can participate in the Emerging Leaders Program. The program is designed to give teacher-leaders and administrators an opportunity to learn new concepts and leadership skills and then put them into action in the real world of their schools. The success of the program helped it garner $350,000 in grant money in 2016. Teachers are also eligible to apply for a Transformation Through Innovation grant in an effort to bring more technology into the classrooms in everything from new digital music equipment to 3-D printers. In the 2016-17 school year, 64 grants totaling more than $900,000 were awarded. The district also puts a focus on spotlighting teachers in the community. Every week at least one teacher is honored on social media for Teacher Tuesday, which is posted on Twitter and Facebook to nearly 120,000 followers. Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos also surprises three teachers each month and presents them with a Teacher of the Month award.
First-year teachers have a starting salary of $52,000 per year. The midpoint salary is $62,750 and the range maximum is $73,000. Bilingual teachers receive an additional annual stipend.
The district is committed to growing its own teachers with a Ready, Set, Teach program in place at all six traditional high school campuses and a Teacher Academy slated to open in the fall of 2017 in conjunction with the University of Texas at Arlington. The Teacher Academy will allow AISD juniors and seniors to take courses at UTA, alongside college students, and earn college credits while still in high school. Students will sign a degree plan with UTA and be able to complete their college degree within three years of graduating from an AISD school. Once they complete the program and earn a teaching certificate, students will be preferred candidates for teaching positions within the AISD. If you’re an AISD student, talk to your campus’s guidance counselor.
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