Human Resources

Employee Dress Code

Administrative Guideline The dress and grooming of District employees shall be clean, neat, in a manner appropriate for their assignments and in accordance with any additional standards by their supervisors and approved by the Superintendent. The classroom teacher and other staff should always exemplify high standards of personal appearance and physical characteristics, which are conducive to effective teaching and learning. Students view their teachers as role models; therefore, it is incumbent upon all employees to portray the best possible image in the community of Terrell. All personnel will be expected to dress in a manner that is becoming and fashionable to the teaching (educational) profession. A teacher’s attire should always reflect the respect he/she has for himself/herself and others. It should also be of such a nature as to elicit respect from students and generally teach respect for authority. All clothing must be cleaned and pressed.

  • Tattoos may not create a distraction to the learning environment.
  • Jewelry used in conjunction with body piercing such as nose rings, lip rings, eyebrow rings, gages of any kind, and tongue studs are prohibited.
  • Employees’ hair shall be clean and well-groomed at all times and shall not obstruct vision. No extreme style or color shall be allowed. No symbols, letters, or extreme designs cut in the hair shall be permitted.
  • Mustaches must not extend past the corners of the mouth. Mustaches and beards are to be well groomed, trimmed, and maintained. Sideburn length shall not extend beyond the bottom of the ear.
  • Female employees must not wear skirts, skorts, or dresses that are more than three inches above the knee or have a slit that is cut more than three inches above the knee.
  • Women’s clothing should not be revealing in cut, style, or material. No halter-tops or tank tops are allowed. Professional and appropriate sleeveless tops are allowed.
  • Clothing deemed a distraction to the learning environment or offensive for school in general shall not be allowed. This includes but is not limited to the following: trench coats, midriffs, sagging pants, bare shoulder tops, see-through clothing, fishnet tops, yoga pants, sweat pants, or running/spandex shorts or pants.
  • Coaching shorts/wind suits may only be worn during athletic/P.E. instructional periods. During classroom instruction, PE/coaching staff must follow the employee dress code.
  • Ked-type shoes and sandals are allowed if they are clean and well kept. No flip-flops, rubber or foam shoes, house shoes or crocs are allowed. Dress casual shoes are appropriate.
  • Male instructional staff shall be expected to wear slacks and collared shirts or sweaters.
  • Ties are recommended, and sport coats and suits are encouraged, but not required.
  • Shorts, sweatshirts, jeans, and wind suits may be worn on days with prior approval by the principal. Clothing for fieldtrips, field days, and other “special” days are subject to principal approval.
  • Fridays will be designated as “Tiger Spirit” day. Staff may wear appropriate jeans, a dress code colored shirt or a Tiger Spirit Shirt.
  • Teachers who work in special classroom situations, i.e. FUTURE, etc. will be allowed exceptions by the principal. (Scrubs will be appropriate attire for teachers designated by the principal.)
The principal or immediate supervisor will address any dress perceived unprofessional. Employees may dress according to the designated student standard of dress. An employee’s dress and grooming shall be clean, neat, in a manner appropriate for his or her assignment, and in accordance with any additional standards established by his or her supervisor and approved by the Superintendent. The following are examples of departments with additional standards but not limited to police, school nutrition, maintenance, custodial staff, etc… Nursing Professional Dress and Grooming Guidelines Nursing staff will follow the Terrell ISD Employee Dress and Grooming Guidelines as outlined in the TISD Employee Handbook with the following exceptions:
  • A nurse may wear “scrubs” as a uniform when working in the clinic.
  • If a nurse is wearing her “scrubs” or other nursing uniform she/he will be allowed to wear athletic type tennis shoes provided they are clean and well kept.
  • TISD dress code will be followed when attire other than “scrubs” is worn. A “scrub jacket” or lab coat must be worn when any clothing other than “scrubs” (both top and bottom) is worn.

Salaries & Benefits

2021-22 Salary Schedule Teachers, Librarians, Nurses 2021-22 Pay Ranges INSURANCE Group health insurance coverage is provided through TRS-ActiveCare, the statewide public school health insurance program. The district’s contribution to employee insurance premiums is determined annually by the board of trustees. Employees eligible for health insurance coverage include:

  • Employees who are active, contributing TRS members, or
  • Employees who are regularly scheduled to work at least 10 hours per week
The insurance plan year is from September 1 through August 31. For additional information, contact: TISD Business Office 700 N. Catherine Street 972-563-7504 Or TRS-ActiveCare, 800-222-9205 A new hire in a TRS-covered position who is a TRS member on his or her actively-at-work date enrolls for coverage within 31 days after the actively-at-work date. The employee's effective date is the employee's choice of: (1) his or her actively-at-work date, or (2) the first of the month following the employee's actively-at-work date. 2019-2020 TRS ActiveCare Rates CAFETERIA PLAN BENEFITS Employees may be eligible to participate in the Cafeteria Plan (Section 125) and, under IRS regulations, must either accept or reject this benefit. This plan enables eligible employees to pay certain insurance premiums on a pretax basis, i.e., disability, accidental death and dismemberment, cancer and dread disease, dental and additional term life insurance. A third party administrator handles employee claims made on these accounts. TEACHER RETIREMENT All personnel employed on a regular basis for one half or more of the standard full-time workload are eligible for membership in the Texas Teacher Retirement System (TRS). CONTACT INFORMATION Teacher Retirement System of Texas: 1000 Red River St. Austin, Texas 78701 512-542-6400 or 1-800-223-8778 TRS TDD 512-542-6444 or 1-800-841-4497 Insurance Questions: Martha Andrade Benefits Specialist 972.563.7504 x3360 Payroll Questions: Karen Wardlaw Payroll Specialist 972.563.7504 x3323

Substitute Teaching

Thank you for your interest in substitute teaching in Terrell ISD. We strive to employ the most qualified substitutes; therefore, those applicants with valid teaching certificates will be considered first. In addition to substitute teachers, Terrell ISD utilizes substitutes for paraprofessional clerical staff, classroom instructional assistants and our nursing staff. ​​ Applicants who match our qualifications will be contacted via email and invited to attend a new substitute workshop. All substitutes are required to be fingerprinted in accordance with Senate Bill 9. 2021-2022 Substitute Pay Scale If you have questions or need additional information, please contact: Carmen Davila 972.563.7504

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Stacey Ellis

Executive Director of Human Resources

972.563.7504 ext. 3315

Sandra Casteneda
Bilingual Administrative
Assistant to the Director 

972.563.7504 ext.3391

Carmen Davila
Bilingual Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

972.563.7504 ext. 3350

Darla Frazier
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director 

972.563.7504 ext. 3311

Mayra Turner
Bilingual Receptionist

972.563.7504 ext. 3000



Thank you for your interest in Terrell ISD. Please review these instructions prior to completing your application.


Complete an online application:

  • Applications must include letter of interest, resume, and transcript.

  • After you have completed the online application, please contact the following person​ to identify the position for which you are applying:


Jasmine Casteneda

972.563.7504, ext. 3338​

District Employees:     

  1. Letter of interest addressing how your background and experience relate to the position’s responsibilities and qualifications

  2. Resume

  3. Transfer form by deadline date

Click here to view the 2021-2022 TISD Recruiting Schedule



TISD’s Title IX administrators have attended Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz P.C.’s “Title IX Administrator Conference.” Materials from this conference in compliance with Section 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D) of the regulations can be found here:

Title IX Coordinator Boot Camp

Title IX Administrator Conference

Melissa Nichols
Director of Recruitment
and Retention

972.563.7504 ext.3793

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Periodically, the school district amends the Employee Handbook. The complete Terrell ISD Employee Handbook, which includes the following amendment as of Wednesday, September 1, 2021, can be found online by clicking here


Non-Discrimination Statement

The following information is provided in response to 34 C.F.R. Part 106.8 of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, mandating notice of a nondiscrimination policy and adoption and publication of grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints.

In accordance with Title IX, the District does not, and is required not to, discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. The requirement not to discriminate extends to employment. As a school district serving students in kindergarten–grade 12, the District is not subject to provisions in Title IX Regulations (Subpart C) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in admissions and recruitment. However, the District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admissions or transfer requests.

The District has designated and authorized the following employee as the Title IX Coordinator to address concerns or inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and gender-based harassment:

Name: Dr. Melanie Magee

Position: Deputy Superintendent of Leading and Learning

Address: 700 N Catherine Street, Terrell, TX 75160

Telephone: 972.563.7504


Any individual may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, at any time, including during non-business hours, by mail, phone, or email.

During District business hours, reports may also be made in person.

To view an electronic copy of the District’s Title IX policies, FFH(LEGAL) and (LOCAL) and DIA(LEGAL) and (LOCAL), please go to:

To obtain a copy of the District’s Title IX policies, including the grievance process that complies with 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b) of the 2020 Title IX Regulations, please contact the District’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Melanie Magee, at the location given above.

Upon receiving an allegation of sex-based harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly respond in accordance with Board policies FFH and DIA.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be referred to the District’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.


Title IX Training Materials

TISD’s Title IX coordinator has attended Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz P.C.’s “2021 Title IX Boot Camp and 2021 Title IX Administrator Conference.” Materials from this conference in compliance with Section 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D) of the regulations can be found here:

2021 Title IX Administrator Conference 10-20-21

2021 Title IX Administrator Conference 10-20-21

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