CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — 150 new teachers prepared Monday to become part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District team. They filled the King High School cafeteria to learn things like the type of content delivered, instructional strategies, teaching software and more.

It was the CCISD's new teacher orientation for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

Billy White has been in education for 14 years serving as a teacher, coach and administrator in Central Texas. He will now be at Veteran's Memorial High School heading up the boys' basketball team and said although Veterans Memorial is new, they have established a culture he wants to continue.

"Looking at all the scores and everything, the kind of culture that has been established there seems like a very great culture," White said. "A culture of excellence. And that's something I'm really excited about being a part of."

On the other end of the spectrum were teachers like Emily Sefcik, who will be teaching full-time for her first time. She used to substitute and is now excited to create her own classroom.

"I really want my classroom to be a safe, welcoming place," Sefcik said. "I want it to be somewhere everyone feels comfortable because if the kids aren't comfortable, they're not going to be learning to their full potential."

Carlos Almaraz will be a reading interventionist at Oak Park Elementary. He said he plans to make his students comfortable with reading.

"Build those relationships with the parents first of all, students, and then when they see that then they are more apt to learn," Almaraz said.

CCISD teachers will be welcoming students into their classrooms starting Aug. 26.

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