Former Highlands Elementary Scholar To Return There As Teacher

Raul Miralda had an idea that the morning of April 2, 2022 would unfold as successfully as it did.

Miralda, a Cedar Hill High School Class of 2017 Graduate, was in town from Austin (where he’s a senior at The University of Texas) to attend the Cedar Hill ISD Career Fair at the JoLynn Maddox Teaching & Learning Center, named for a teacher who impacted him at Permenter Middle School.

“I’m not the type to toot my own horn, but I came into the Career Fair with the confidence of a first round draft pick. I know what I can bring to the table.”

Miralda, 22, received a job offer on the spot from Highlands Elementary to teach Fifth Grade Bilingual Math and Science. Miralda attended Highlands as a scholar (Pre-K through Fourth Grade) from 2003-2009.

“It’s a full circle moment,” said Miralda, who graduates from UT with a degree in Applied Learning and Development in Bilingual Education on Friday, May 20. “I was a part of these hallways and these classrooms growing up. I know Highlands in and out. I am super excited about the opportunity that Ms. (Candice) Griffin and Highlands have given me.”

Miralda’s older sister, Monserrat Miralda – a Cedar Hill Class of 2008 Graduate – teaches Kindergarten at Highlands.

Miralda said he’d always wanted to return to Cedar Hill ISD. He only applied to CHISD.

“I wanted to serve my community,” Miralda said. “I learned at UT that using my knowledge of the community and scholars is probably one of the best ways to teach. I had awesome opportunities and experiences during my time at Cedar Hill.”

Miralda graduated 14th out of more than 400 scholars at Cedar Hill High Scholar. He was part of National Honor Society, Student Council, the Boys Soccer Team and was a DECA State Qualifier.

“I chose UT because ‘Once a Longhorn, Always a Longhorn’,” Miralda said. “There’s a lot of prestige around UT Austin, and I gravitated toward that prestige.”

Miralda said he’s excited about CHISD’s STEM Integration.

“I think STEM is awesome,” Miralda said. “As a Math and Science Teacher, I’m all about STEM.”