From Staff Reports

The PISD board of trustees extended honorary open contracts at its April meeting for several PHS students, who are planning to enter the teaching profession. These students have demonstrated the dedication required of a future teacher by participating in Ready Set Teach for two years as well as taking part as leaders in the Texas Association of Future Educators.

The students are:

Heaven Belle: Heaven Belle interned with a first grade class at Rucker and another first grade class at Folsom. She plans on pursuing elementary education in college.

Heather Cagle: Heather Cagle interned in a pre-k class at Rucker for her first year and then a kindergarten class at Rucker her senior year. She plans on majoring in elementary education.

Mason Ellis: Mason Ellis interned her junior year at Rucker in kindergarten and her senior year in a fifth grade English classroom at Rogers. She has decided to pursue a secondary English teaching certification.

Rachel Havens: Rachel Havens spent her first year exploring secondary history at Reynolds. During her senior year, she interned in a sixth grade math class at Rogers. She plans on majoring in Math with a secondary teaching certification in college.

Katie Jenkins: Katie Jenkins experienced a unique situation in which she was able to intern with the same teacher for both RST I and II. Her junior year was spent in second grade and her senior year was in third grade.

Allie Jones: Allie Jones interned at Folsom for both RST I and II. She spent the first year in a first grade classroom and the second year in a third grade classroom.

Morgan Kleber: Morgan Kleber interned at Rucker in the first grade her junior year and third grade at Cockrell her senior year. Although she loves children, Morgan plans on pursuing a nursing degree in college (pediatrics maybe?).

Kristen McBride: Kristen McBride interned with Coach Bledsoe and Coach Maxwell in PE at Rucker her first year. For her senior year, she decided to intern with a first grade class. She plans on pursuing a degree in elementary education.

Barbara Pascale: Barbara Pascale interned her junior year with a PPCD classroom. Her senior year, she decided to specialize with a speech pathologist which is what she will be pursuing in college.

Erika Robinson: Erika Robinson interned in a first grade classroom and second grade classroom at Folsom for RST I and II. She is deciding between majoring in elementary education or secondary history in college.

Nicole Robinson: Nicole Robinson was able to intern with a second grade class at Folsom for both RST I and II. She is deciding between majoring in elementary education or secondary English in college.

Nicole Romney: Nicole Romney interned at Reynolds in a seventh grade history and eighth grade math class for RST I and II. Although she enjoys working with kids, she is still uncertain if teaching is the right career for her.

Michelle Winczeski: Michelle Winczeski spent her junior year interning at Folsom in a pre-k classroom. She moved up to first grade at Folsom her senior year. She plans to major in elementary education in college.

When asked what the greatest lesson they learned by going to internship was, many responded: "…the amount of patience required," and "…the amount of other duties and expectations of a teacher (other than actually teaching and grading.)