BISD Teacher Named ATPE Elementary Teacher of the Year

Mindy Antsey, a teacher with Porter Elementary School, was recently honored with the Charles Pickitt Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) during 2019 ATPE Summit held at the Marriott Marquis in Houston.

“ATPE is proud to recognize outstanding educators in Texas,” said Shannon Holmes, Ed.D., ATPE Executive Director. “The educators honored this year were selected because of their dedication to giving our children the highest quality of education and for inspiring the next generation of educators.” 

The Charles Pickitt Educator of the Year Awards annually recognizes ATPE members who demonstrate exceptional or innovative capabilities in their respective educational fields. This year’s winners each received a $5,000 prize along with their awards.

Antsey was honored on stage at the 2019 ATPE Summit Awards Luncheon, which saw hundreds of educators gather to celebrate the achievements of public school employees from across Texas. With nearly 100,000 members statewide, ATPE is the largest educators’ association in the state and serves as a major voice for public education.

Two Principals Appointments Announced

Birdville ISD Superintendent Dr. Darrell Brown announced the appointments of Chad Paris as principal of W.A. Porter Elementary and Jody Fadely as principal at Richland Middle School. Paris is replacing Greg Bicknell, who was recently named assistant director of student services; and Fadely is replacing Mark McCanlies, who was recently named principal at Richland High School. 

Chad Paris

Paris has been the full-time assistant principal at Porter Elementary since 2017. Prior to 2017, he split time as assistant principal between Richland and Porter elementary schools from 2015–17, and assistant principal at Binion Elementary from 2010–15. Paris also taught at Hardeman Elementary from 2008–10 and North Ridge Elementary from 1997–2007. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degree from Dallas Baptist University. 

Jody Fadley

Fadely has been the principal at Foster Village Elementary since 2016. Prior to Foster Village, she was principal at Brown Middle School in Forney ISD from 2008–16, assistant principal at T.H. McDonald Junior High School in Katy ISD from 2000–08, assistant principal at Mayde Creek Elementary in Katy ISD from July 1998–2000, and assistant principal at Splendora Intermediate School in Splendora ISD from 1991–98. Fadely also has nine years teaching experience in grades 4-8. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and master’s degree from The University of North Texas. 

Do you have children or grandchildren attending a Birdville school?

We are making plans for Convocation 2019 on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and we need your help. If you have a child(ren) or grandchild(ren) attending school in BISD, please send us their picture. The pictures can be in any setting and dress should be appropriate. (Please no shirtless or bathing suit pictures.)  Pictures may be used at various times during Convocation, and in marketing pieces for the District that tell our community that we trust our child’s education to Birdville ISD. Send your pictures to abigail.juarezorona@birdvilleschools.net.

BISD’s 2019 Safety Incentive Program Phase 1 Winners

There were 47 campuses and non-auxiliary departments that had NO slip, trip, or fall injuries in the months of January and February. Our two winners for this reward period were North Oaks Middle School and Hardeman Elementary. Congratulations winners!

Both campuses won a delicious catered breakfast for all employees from Chick-fil-A.

The Safety Incentive program (Phase 2) for March and April is currently underway. Two winning campuses with no slip, trip, or fall injuries will be randomly chosen in May.

Pictures of the winning campuses (opens in a new window)

Elementary GT Campus Liaisons Needed

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Are you a positive advocate for gifted students on your campus?  Are you interested in high-quality professional learning that you can share with colleagues on your home campus?  If so, consider applying to become the Elementary GT Campus Liaison for your elementary campus for the 201920 school year!  Click here for more information.  Applications are due Friday, May 17!

JOIN US FOR A RETIREMENT PLANNING SEMINAR

Date: May 8th and May 20th, 2019
Time: Sessions: 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm
Location: Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning
7020 Mid Cities Blvd. North Richland Hills, TX 76180

If you invest in Birdville ISD’s voluntary 457(b) retirement plan, you have heard by now that the plan is changing. Here’s your chance to learn more!

TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:

› Recent changes to Birdville ISD 457 Retirement Plan
› Investing in a 457(b) and/or a 403(b)
› Assessing your income gap
› Understanding how TRS and Social Security impact each other

Campus eTransfer Applications

Available March 18 –June 5, 2019

Please Note: Substitutes and part-time employees are not considered “internal” and are ineligible to apply for eTransfer postings.

Transfer requests will not be considered until all surplus teachers have been placed.

Employees interested in applying for a campus transfer may access the eTransfer application (internal application) from the Birdville website beginning March 18. Please note: The eTransfer postings are generic and not an indication there is a definite opening at each campus. As openings occur, principals will review eTransfer requests and contact staff they wish to consider. Postings will remain listed on the Job Board through June 5, 2019.

Access an eTransfer Application:
You may access the eTransfer application by using this quick link:
(internal application) or by following these steps from the Birdville Homepage:
 Employment
 Job Postings/Employment Applications
 Log in under the heading Internal Applicants (located at bottom of window)

Choose Submit an internal application/transfer form to begin an internal application or choose continue/modify my application to access an existing internal application.
 Follow the directions listed to complete the short-form application.
 To apply for a specific eTransfer posting, choose the Vacancy Desired navigation link on the lefthand side of the screen. All eTransfer positions are grouped under the heading eTransfer Postings and divided into the following categories: Campus Clerical, Educational Aide, Other Certified Positions, Teacher/Bilingual, Teacher/Regular Ed, and Teacher/Special Ed.
 Choose the Job ID link to view and apply for any eTransfer position(s) of interest.
 Attach a current resume and any additional information desired.  Choose Finish and Submit.

Resignation Deadline

TO: All Contract Personnel

FROM: Paige Curry Director of Human Resources

DATE: April 2, 2019

SUBJECT: Resignation Deadline

As a reminder to you, the last date for resignation for contract personnel is “not later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction of the following school year.” The first day of instruction for 2019 – 2020 is August 19, 2019; therefore, the last day for all contract personnel to resign is July 5, 2019.

Following are the citations in the Texas Education Code that refer to resignations: Sec. 21.105 (a) states: “A teacher employed under a probationary contract for the following school year may relinquish the position and leave the employment of the district at the end of the school year without penalty by filing with the board of trustees or its designee a written resignation not later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction of the following school year. A written resignation mailed by prepaid certified or registered mail to the president of the board of trustees or the board’s designee at the post office address of the district is considered filed at the time of mailing.” Sec. 21.160 (a) concerns continuing contract teachers and reads the same except for “A teacher employed under a continuing contract may…” Sec. 21.210 (a) is the section on term contract employees and again, it is essentially the same except for the insertion of term contract. If you are resigning, please deliver your letter of resignation to the Human Resource