Hear from Miranda Tacoronti about the diversity and community that makes up Fort Worth Independent School District.
Fort Worth is the 5th largest school district in the state of Texas, so it gives you the opportunity to serve families from across the state and from across the world. I love that our district is a true tapestry of difference and through that, we learn to build a stronger community for the future.
When I decided to become a teacher, I didn’t realize I’d have to be an advocate and motivator. I didn’t know that I would be, at times, the only person fighting for the education and future success of some kids. Whether it be bilingual kids, special ed kids, gifted and talented kids, some children haven’t been taught to strive for excellence. By the time they get to me at 10 years old and still don’t have that passion lit in them… I know I have to fight and spend the energy to help them take charge of their education so that they get the great education that they deserve.
As an advocate I feel... on fire. If I don’t do it, who else is going to do it?
About 50% of the kids I had this past year were bilingual students. Those are the students who need the most support and advocacy. They’re coming into a school where their parents don’t speak the language. We want them to be not just bilingual, but bi-literate and bicultural. I help my bilingual students form their identity as a bilingual person in our world. I personally have struggled with my identity as a bi-racial person. I started learning Spanish in 8th grade and when I became fluent, it was like there was a piece of me that I had been missing was found. I know that feeling of finding an identity and I want to help my kids find that identity too.
New Teacher Starting Salary
The Fort Worth Independent School District enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnership with over 87,000 students in 84 elementary schools, 29 middle schools and 6th-grade centers, 18 high schools and 16 other campuses, FWISD wants the best teachers in Texas.
Under the leadership of the Superintendent Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools.
Our Mission is..."Preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership"
To realize the district’s mission, Fort Worth ISD is focused on the following initiatives:
FWISD is committed to the success and development of teachers. Our Professional Learning & Innovation Department’s goal is to increase the effectiveness and retention of teachers by developing and implementing support systems for teachers.
Our New Teacher Induction and Mentoring Program provide the following for new teachers:
Exciting opportunities exist for highly-effective teachers in Fort Worth ISD to be recognized and financially rewarded for their success in the classroom when they work with some of the highest-need schools in the district through the Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy program.
Fort Worth Independent School District offers a competitive salary, beginning teacher salary starts at $52,000. Bilingual-certified elementary teachers can earn an additional $3,150 a year.
Additional information concerning salary and stipends can be found here.
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