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Summer Teacher Externships Made Possible by Local Business Partnership

July 20, 2022

A grant through the Texas Workforce Commission benefited Plano ISD teachers who applied to be summer externs at local for-profit or non-profit organizations. Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas and the Plano ISD Education Foundation partnered to provide these selected secondary teachers, counselors, specialists and librarians with opportunities to work with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees to explore the knowledge and skills needed to thrive. Twenty Plano ISD educators were selected to participate in the 2022 grant. Teacher externs shadowed one or multiple employees, or worked on a specific project. After completing the summer program, teacher externs will bring real-life experiences back to their classrooms to help prepare Plano ISD students for success beyond the classroom.  Following the completion of the program, participants received a stipend and a gas card.

Those selected for the program were tasked with:

  • Working 32 hours or 4 days at the assigned organization between June 7-July 8. The exact dates were determined by the organization and the candidate.
  • Creating a lesson plan utilizing the district’s lesson plan template to apply learning in the upcoming school year.
  • Sharing their experiences and lesson plan design at the externship graduation luncheon that took place on July 19th.

Special thanks to Phedra Redifer, Executive Director, and Danielle Davis, Partnership Development with Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas and to the 2022 externship industry sponsors who made this experience for Plano ISD teachers possible.

The Assistance Center of Collin County

Ani Dunstone, Shepton High School
Victoria Neal, Hendrick Middle School

Beaver Battle

Errica Green, Murphy Middle School

Childrens Medical Center Plano

Dyana Edwards, McMillen High School
Julie Eiben, Armstrong Middle School

Corgan & Associates

Linda Alloju, Plano West Senior High

Credit Union of Texas

Kimberly Smith, Haggard Middle School 


Parul Dumka, Williams High School
Melanie McBride, Jasper High School 

Heritage Farmstead Museum 

Leah Sabes, McMillen High School

Learning Forward Texas

Lori Brooks, Armstrong Middle School
Gwendolyn Johnston, Solomon Center

Marketing Brainology

Shiletha Snoddy, Plano West Senior High

MKC Create

Sarah Zaki, Otto Middle School

Murphy Road Animal Hospital

Brent Love, Williams and McMillen High School

Northwest Hardwood

Francisco Flores, Academy High School

Region 10 - Transition

Erika Trammell, Plano Senior High School

Stantec Architecture

Jason Dewese, Shepton High School
Scott Johnson, McMillen High School
Kristin Zhang, Schimelpfenig Middle School

Summer externs posing with plaques

Seated: Leah Sabes, Dyana Edwards, Sarah Zaki, Erika Trammell.
Middle Row: Danielle Davis, Edna Phythian, Lori Brooks, Victoria Neal, Linda Alloju, Errica Green, Melanie McBride, Ani Dunstone, Kimberly Smith, Shiletha Snoddy, Brittnea Ussery.
Back Row: Brent Love, Scott Johnson, Kristin Zhang, Francisco Flores, Allison Welch.