When Mr. Cross recently approached me about contributing to the school blog, my knee jerk reaction was to pretend I didn’t see his email. You see, while I consider myself an avid reader, I have never considered myself a gifted writer, so putting myself “out there” seemed terrifying.
When I accepted a teaching position at Cinco this fall, my friends and family were shocked. I confess that as a Katy native, I bleed red. I have been a Tiger fan since I was eight years old when my father started hauling me to Tiger football games across the state. My husband and I are both Katy High graduates, my extended family are all KHS graduates, and most of our friends are as well. You can bet that our daughters have been raised to cheer for the Red and the White and show their Tiger Pride. How could I now cheer for “that school”?
And then a funny thing happened when I arrived on campus for my first meeting in August. Cinco Ranch seemed different – from running around the school on a scavenger hunt with other new teachers, to hearing from student leaders about their school pride and positive campus experiences, to walking across the stage for my Cougar initiation – I suddenly realized that I had hit the teacher jackpot.
Throughout its history, CRHS has been recognized for its excellent academic achievement, high accountability ratings, exemplary fine arts performances, outstanding athletic programs and is now home to the 2018 Texas PTA Outstanding Secondary Principal. However, the real secret here at Cinco is the family. In just a short period of time, I have found a place I consider my home away from home. The staff, students, and parents make hitting the snooze button a thing of the past. I truly love coming to work each day! The community and culture that is Cinco is difficult to put into words. It’s a feeling – a knowing – an echo in the halls. You can’t understand it unless you are a part of it.
While my heart will always be a Tiger, I have already traded my reds for maroons, and I see my daughters as future Cougars! Thank you for welcoming this Tiger into your den.
Rachel Tate, English Teacher