57th Annual New Teachers Luncheon

Save the date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015  
Sponsorship opportunities available 



2014 New Teachers Luncheon welcomes 450 new RISD teachers

Building on its long-term support of education, the Richardson Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual New Teachers Luncheon Aug. 14 at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. More than 450 new RISD teachers were welcomed by Dr. Kay Waggoner, RISD superintendent, and Karen Holburn, RISD Board of Trustees president, while The Honorable Tonya Parker, presiding judge of the 116th Civil District Court in Dallas County, served as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. 

The Chamber wishes to thank all the sponsors, attendees, and door prize donors who made the lunch possible for these vital contributors to our community's future. 

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 pictures on the Chamber's Facebook page.

Emceeing the event was Chamber Chairman of the Board Joe Costantino, owner of Eistein's Eyes web design. A plaque recognizing Cisco Systems' continuing support of STEM in Richardson was  given to Beth Kolman, Community Relations Manager for Cisco. Judge Parker attended Dobie Elementary, Northwood Hills, and Richardson High School, and said that her teachers made the difference between her difficult beginnings and home life. According to Parker, education isn't always the great equalizer. The equalizer is the teacher. 

"Teachers can help students cancel out the (mental) noise about who they are and what they can do," Parker said. 

Parker said that Richardson teachers helped teach her 1) that fear is just fuel to prepare to rise to the occasion; 2) to hold up a mirror, and what 'minority' classes see is a caricature and not what they actually are; and 3) no one is greater than I am.

Judge Parker continues to keep reminders from her RISD days on her bench beside her gavel. She calls them her 'noise cancellers.' Judge Parker’s words provided encouragement to new teachers and reminded them that they could be a trusted, positive influence that changes a child’s life."

Recognition of Door Prize Donors

The donation of door prizes for the new teachers is a long time tradition of the New Teachers Luncheon. We would like to thank the following companies who made it possible for every teacher to receive a door prize this year.

A Lash Above the Rest
Amigo's Restaurant
Bryles Research
Crown Trophy
Crucible Chiropractic
Eisemann Center
El Chico Café
Elements Massage of Richardson
Entex Post Solutions
Excellence in Education
Farmers Insurance - Montgomery Agency
Girl Scouts
Happy Nails 
Harrington Insurance Solutions
Holiday Inn Dallas Richardson
ITT Technical Instiute
Jersey Mike's
Kwik Kar Richardson
Loveable Smiles
Marketing Successories
Mary Kay
Mathnasium of Richardson
Medical Massage of Dallas
Neighborhood ChemDry
NETWORK of Community Ministries
North Dallas Ear Nose and Throat, P.A.
Patty Kennedy LMT
Photo Organizing Solutions
Post Apartment Homes
Post East Side
Prestonwood Pregnancy Cener
Raising Cane's
Repertory Company Theatre
Reunion Title
Richardson Cosmetic Dentistry
Richardson Symphony Orchestra
RISD Excellence in Education
Sedoso Skin Care and Sugaring
Springhill Suites by Marriott
State Representative Stephanie Carter
State Represtatve Angie Chen Button
State Senator John Carona