13 Fort Worth ISD teacher candidates surprised with $20,000 bonus

Fort Worth ISD rewarded several student-teachers for the impact they’ve made over the past year.

The 13 teacher candidates have been involved in a year-long residency.

The district is excited to be adding them at a time when many teachers nationwide are retiring early.

On Thursday, they learned they’re each receiving a $20,000 stipend.

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"I’m sorry. I’m just emotional. I’m very excited for this blessing that we are receiving now. We, like most of our cohorts right now, we’re just crying because we have dedicated ourselves 100% in our careers to become the best teachers we can to serve our students," said Aracely Valdes, a Fort Worth ISD teacher candidate.

All 13 student-teachers have been working at schools throughout the district.

Seven are former Fort Worth ISD students.

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