Hear from Voula Stephanou about the supportive environment and opportunity for growth in Mesquite Independent School District.
Mesquite is a great district – they show tremendous support to the teachers. There’s a lot of opportunity for growth in professional development, and growth within the education. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive.
I was in middle school when I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. My mom was a calculus teacher in Richardson ISD and when I saw her passion for teaching, I wanted to be like her. I knew early on that I enjoyed school, particularly math, so it seemed natural to go into the teaching profession.
“I never considered doing anything else. I always enjoyed math and wanted to teach others about it. I went into college knowing exactly what I wanted to do.”
I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Mathematics and minor in Education and became certified through the Aggie Teach Program. I believe that patience, compassion, organization and dedication are the characteristics that make a great teacher.
New Teacher Starting Salary
Mesquite ISD aims to develop an inspiring and innovative learning community that educates and empowers students to pursue excellence. Mesquite ISD has more than 5,000 employees and more than 40,000 students. 100% of Mesquite’s 47 quality campuses met standard in 2016 and 70% earned distinctions. Mesquite ISD is serious about rewarding amazing teachers. They created the Excellence in Teaching Incentive Program (ETIP) in order to award stipends to master teachers — teachers who have completed an 18-hour district program designed to build teacher capacity and ensure student success. Teachers can apply to ETIP after just two years of employment with Mesquite ISD and after completing the 18-hour program, teachers receive an annual stipend of $5,000. Additionally, Mesquite ISD fosters effective mentor relationships. Effective teaching is a team effort, and the best teachers have mentors with whom they can lean on, share ideas, and problem-solve. Every new teacher in Mesquite ISD is matched with a qualified and trained mentor teacher.
Mesquite ISD strives to offer unique employee perks and is always looking for new and unique ways to support employees. Mesquite ISD offers the Personal Computer Buy Program, a program where teachers can purchase a computer after one year of employment at district cost and pay it off interest free over a two-year period. New hires are also paid $200 per day for attending New Teacher Camp, a staff development workshop. The beginning teacher salary in Mesquite ISD is $51,200 and the beginning teacher salary with a master’s degree is $52,700.
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