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EMS2Teach Signing Day

people standing in a lineSix Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD seniors now have an opportunity to come back and interview for a teaching position in their school district once they are certified, degreed educators. 

The students took part in the EMS2Teach Signing Day on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at the EMS ISD Administration Building and Discovery Labs Learning Center. Modeled after signing days for students in athletics and fine arts to compete at the collegiate level, these students are graduates of the EMS ISD Education and Training program at the Hollenstein Career and Technology Center (HCTC). 

“Signing Day means a lot to me because I want a career as a teacher, and EMS ISD is giving me that opportunity,” said Raquel Ramirez, a Chisholm Trail High School student. “I grew up in this school district, so my teachers are an inspiration to me, and I want to inspire other kids.” 

The education and training program begins for students by enrolling in their junior year. This first step in the EMS2Teach journey provides students with the opportunity to explore the field of teaching and develop knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the field prior to graduating from high school. 

Students then work to earn between 150–275 hours of experience in EMS ISD classrooms as they learn to build relationships with students and staff, plan and teach engaging lessons, utilize intervention and differentiation strategies to support students and create digital portfolios documenting progress towards their goals. 

“I’ve really enjoyed the last two years,” said Ashlynn Cerda, a student at Boswell High School. “It’s a great way to develop a love of what you want to do. I want to do the a teenage girl signs a piece of papersame for future students.” 

By partnering with the EMS2Teach Grow Your Own Program, students can earn their Educational Aide 1 Certification with the State of Texas before they enter college.  

At the ceremony, the signees heard from Madissen Carter, a family consumer sciences teacher at Creekview Middle School. Cater is also the first graduate of the EMS2Teach program and will complete her first year of teaching next week. 

“Everyone said, ‘don’t go into education,’ but Lindsey Metz, the education and training instructor at the HCTC, noticed in me a spark for education, a drive. Had she not seen the spark in me and fanned that spark into a flame, I would not be where I am today,” Carter said. “Thank you to EMS ISD for believing in me.”  

a group of people standing in a lineAt the signing day event, the students received a letter of intent to interview with EMS ISD after they complete college and earn their teaching certification.   

"This is a place that has your back. We want you to be successful," Dr. Jim F. Chadwell, EMS ISD Superintendent, told the signees. 

Adding further incentive to come home, if the EMS2Teach students are hired by the district, they will receive a $5,000 signing bonus. 

“It is special that I’ve already been teaching in a classroom in EMS ISD. I’ve taught lessons and watched students grasp what I was teaching. Having that confidence level in teaching before even graduating from high school has me very excited about my future.”  

Congratulations to these outstanding students, you make us #EMSproud! 

  • Taren Blackmon - Chisholm Trail High School Class of 2024, planning to attend Midwestern State University. 
  • Ashlynn Cerda - Boswell High School Class of 2024, planning to attend Texas Tech University. 
  • Megan Colgin - Saginaw High School Class of 2024, planning to attend Tarrant County College. 
  • Payton Dwire - Chisholm Trail High School Class of 2024, planning to attend Tarrant County College. 
  • Raquel Ramirez - Chisholm Trail High School Class of 2024, planning to attend Tarrant County College. 
  • Celestina Slough – Saginaw High School Class of 2024, planning to attend Tarrant County College.