Written by Colleen Ahern
New teachers were given a warm welcome at the 58th annual Irving ISD Back to School Luncheon at Irving High School on Friday, August 16. According to President of IISD Board of Trustees, Dr. Steven Jones, the teachers were chosen from 7,200 applicants to Irving ISD. A number of guests, including Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Farris; Senior Vice President of Michael’s Stores, Michel Veintenheimer; and one of Irving ISD’s own teachers, Devin Melancon addressed the new teachers.
“Our one and only daughter is a senior at Irving High School. So no pressure over there,” joked Mayor Pro Tem, Gerald Farris, looking toward the table of Irving High School’s new recruits. Mr. Farris stressed Irving’s commitment to great education. That commitment has taken the form of city-wide programs like the Irving Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) which provides at-risk kids with sports programs and positive role models. “Irving is known as a great place to live, work, and play, but my hope is that it is seen as a great place to teach as well,” he said. “Thank you for making education excellent in Irving.”