EDINBURG – Approximately 50 first-year teachers recently participated in the Edinburg CISD’s Induction for the Nurture, Support, Preparation, Inspiration, and Retention of Educators (INSPIRE) Academy.

During the four-day event, teachers attended workshops to prepare them for academic success. The academy covered several educational areas, including instruction on best practices, technology integration, and mentor support.

First-year teacher, Cynthia Salas Rodriguez, said that she learned a great deal about curriculum, lesson plans and what to expect her first year.

“What I love about the INSPIRE Academy is that I feel like we’re supported,” she said. “We’re supported by the district and that thrills me.”

The INSPIRE program continues throughout the 2017-2018 school year with first-year teachers working closely with mentors, who have also been attending the academy. Lead Mentor Trainer Gilda Garcia said that it’s essential for the district to have a mentor program.

“This is a program that’s very important in order to maintain a standard of excellence in our district for our students through the course of these mentors for our first-year teachers,” Garcia said.