New Teachers
New Teachers

New to NISD Teachers, please click on the New Teacher Professional Learning link to see your schedule and location for August 14th and August 15th. Please report to Northwest High School by 7:30 a.m. for the New Teacher breakfast and Welcome. We can't wait to meet you!

Welcome to Northwest ISD

Northwest ISD (NISD) is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and attracts more than 1,400 new students each year. NISD spans 234 square miles and serves 14 communities in parts of three counties. This year NISD will open a new middle school, Adams Middle School, and a new elementary school, Lizzie Curtis Elementary School. The district operates three comprehensive high schools, an accelerated high school, six middle schools, 18 elementary schools, a special programs center and a community based youth residential program.

New Teacher Brochure

New Teacher Support

At NISD, we strive to recruit, develop, retain, and recognize an exceptional, highly motivated staff to optimize student engagement and learning. We strongly believe that this starts with supporting our new teachers.

Mentor Program
All teachers new to NISD are provided with a mentor to help support them throughout the year instructionally as well as with the ins and outs of their campus. Mentors and new teachers are trained on the resources that are provided to the new teachers to optimize their 1st year experience in NISD. Mentors meet with new teachers prior to school beginning and throughout the school year. Our goal is to retain our teachers and help them provide the best education possible for our students.

New Teacher Academy
To continue to support our new teachers, NISD will provide a New Teacher Academy for our new teachers. This academy will meet two times in the fall and one time in the spring of their first year in NISD to support teachers with instruction and curriculum. Those dates will be communicated to new teachers through the Content Coordinators.

Professional Learning in NISD

NISD believes in providing premiere professional learning opportunities. The Professional Learning Framework outlines the various opportunities that support educators in all four domains of the T-TESS. This allows educators to choose sessions that best fit their professional goals. For more information visit the Professional Learning webpage.

Northwest Independent School District is excited to offer our 4th annual ENGAGE Summer Professional Learning Institute. The ENGAGE Institute offers over 150 learning sessions for teachers and administrators to choose from to meet their individual learning needs. The sessions are taught by outside experts in the field of education, NISD administrators, and our teachers covering every core content area as well as electives.

The ENGAGE Summer Professional Learning Institute will be held at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, Texas.

Byron Nelson High School
2775 Bobcat Blvd
Trophy Club, TX 76262

New Teacher Training Requirements

NISD provides three days of teacher support for new teachers prior to all teachers returning for the beginning of the year. Our ENGAGE conference is also open to all new to NISD teachers as well as returning teachers. Refer to the ENGAGE section for more information. We are excited about offering premier professional development to our employees. Please see the schedule for all new to NISD teachers. For further information, please visit the NISD Professional Learning Website.

Monday August 13, 2018

  • 7:30 a.m. – New Teacher Breakfast and Welcome at Northwest High School. (Park on the west side of the building)
  • After breakfast return to your home campus

Tuesday August 14, 2018 @ 8:30

  • New to NISD Teacher Foundation Professional Learning (schedule will be posted on NISD Professional Learning Website)

Wednesday August 15, 2018 @ 8:30

  • New to NISD Teacher Foundation Professional Learning (schedule will be posted on NISD Professional Learning Website)

Other Required Trainings

All teachers in NISD attend a Thinking Maps training within their first year. We offer this training three times during the summer for new teachers to attend. Thinking Maps are embedded in our curriculum, so it is important for teachers to be familiar with the maps. Teachers that are new to teaching, new to Texas or have not been appraised under the T-TESS system are required to attend our T-TESS Orientation. Teachers that have already completed Thinking Maps and T-TESS trainings may receive credit by turning in your certificate to your campus principal.

Thinking Maps Trainings

  • June 20, 2018 – 8:30-3:30 – NISD Administration Building
  • August 6, 2018 – 8:30 -3:30 – NISD Administration Building
  • August 9, 2018 – 8:30 – 3:30 – NISD Administration Building

T-TESS Orientation

  • June 21, 2018 – 8:30 – 2:00 – NISD Administration Building
  • July 29 2018 – 8:30 – 2:00 – NISD Administration Building
  • August 8, 2018 – 8:30 – 2:00 – NISD Administration Building

Technology in NISD

During new teacher orientation, new educators will have technology training to provide support with the variety of technology tools and programs offered in NISD. New teachers will receive an email to select and orientation date. We recommend that teachers select the earliest date possible. Orientation takes place at the NISD Administration Building located at 2001 Texan Drive, Justin, TX. At orientation, new teachers will receive their devices, as well as logins and access to email, Google, and network drives. They will also receive information on Moodle (NISD’s learning management system), iPad mobile management, Google Drive, Chromebook Academy, teacher websites in school messenger, accessing district data and workshops in Edugence, and Technology Proficiency courses.

Technology Proficiency Level 1 - All new teachers are expected to complete the first level of Technology Proficiency, Foundations of Technology, within the first
year of hire. This course can be access via Moodle and completed at any time. Your campus Instructional technologist will email you at the beginning of the school year with more information and directions for completing proficiencies.

Technology Support - If you need technology support in any way you may contact HelpDesk at extension 81000, or 817-698- 1000 from an external phone. You may also email the HelpDesk at

Orientation Dates:

Once hired, new teachers will receive an email to select an orientation date. We recommend that teachers select the earliest date possible. Orientation takes place at the NISD Administration Building located at 2001 Texan Drive.

NISD Curriculum Contacts

Advanced Academics Coordinator
Audra Rowell

Director of College and Career Readiness
Bobby Morris

ELA Coordinators
Sunni Johnson, Ph.D., Elementary
Brittnie Bragg, Secondary

Fine Arts Coordinator
Rebecca O’Donovan

Math Coordinators
Shaunda Garrison, Elementary
Melanye Griffin, Secondary
Outdoor Learning Center Coordinator
Amy Hollenshead

Science Coordinators

Kelly Suarez, Elementary
Terry Ward, Secondary

Social Studies Coordinator
Darsi Bickley

Director of Special Education 
Micah Gierkey

World Language and Dual Language Coordinator
Veronica Law