Written by Phil Cerroni
Although Coppell’s Aug. 13 new teacher breakfast at Coppell Middle School North allowed excited and nervous teachers to get their bearings before orientation, veteran educators used the breakfast as a platform from which to inspire new hires about the district’s dedication to innovation and initiative.
“We have brought you to the district to help us get better,” said Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Turner. “If you are looking for a place to be laid back and calm and just recreate the classrooms you came out of as kids, you’re in the wrong job. Because what we’re doing here is we’re setting the course over the future in Texas in terms of what should be happening in public education.”
In an education system obsessed with centralizing the process through programs like CSCOPE, Tuner advocated that individual teachers’ ability to adapt inside the classroom holds the key to keeping education relevant to students.
“What we’re looking for in you is to bring us those new ideas and those opportunities to help us change our practice,” Tuner said. “We’re not looking to create you in the image of old Coppell…”
“What worked in the past is not going to work for the kids who are in kindergarten now. Think of when they’re going to graduate and what the world might be like in ’26 or ’27…we have to update. We have to move forward, and we’re excited (that) what you bring to us to enables us to do that.”