Hear from Barron Coleman about the relationships and support that hold up Cedar Hill Independent School District.
We’re very lucky in CHISD to have such direct contact with our administrators. It’s nice as a small district to be able to pick up the phone and say, “This is what I need” and they listen.
Teaching was a natural instinct for Barron. He started teaching in high school by going to the neighboring middle school to help prepare those students to come to the high school music program. Around his senior year of high school when he stopped playing football, he quickly realized he wanted to be a music teacher.
“I enjoy educating young minds and inspiring people to find their own path,” he said.
Barron attended college at Southern Methodist University, pursuing education and performance degrees. After graduating from SMU, Barron earned his master’s degree in New York and traveled the world performing in operas from Milan to Paris to Sydney and Japan. But eventually he made his way back home to Cedar Hill, Texas.
Barron contemplated becoming a professor at a university, but realized his enjoys teaching in K-12 public schools and in his own neighborhood.
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Cedar Hill ISD provides college and career readiness to students in the city of Cedar Hill and surrounding communities. Located south of Dallas, the city has approximately 50,000 residents. Currently, nearly 8,000 students are enrolled in CHISD. The district has 13 campuses including seven elementary, three middle, and two high schools. CHISD curriculum focuses on a rigorous STEAM education. Science, technology, engineering, art and math are brought to life through multiple pathways including business and industry, dual language, fine arts, and environmental. Career and technical education is divided into three phases: career awareness (K-6), career exploration (7-8), and career readiness (9-12).
The district is committed to providing an engaging, comprehensive technology-infused curriculum to maximize student performance and encourage the effective use of technology at all levels. Extracurricular activities play a significant role in the district. Students are offered numerous opportunities to enrich their learning experience through arts, athletics, and other areas of interest. Students enrolled in the Collegiate High School have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time. Newsweek rated Collegiate High School in Cedar Hill the No. 1 early college high school in the state, and third in the nation.
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