New Teachers tell First-hand experiences from LSC-CyFair AAT Program Alumni

CYPRESS — Is teaching your passion? In the recent “Voices from LSC-CyFair” Feb. 23, Lone Star College-CyFair alumni told their stories as part of the Teacher Education Speaker Series.

Speakers included Melissa Reinsch, who teaches at a Title I elementary campus in Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District; Thisia Sayers, a high school teacher in Willis ISD; and Cassandra Partida, an elementary school teacher in Milton ISD.

Melissa Reinsch (LSC)

Reinsch graduated in 2017 from LSC-CyFair, where she earned an Honors College Chancellor’s Fellows associate degree and was part of the Honors College Student Organization, Future Professional Educators and National Model United Nations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas College of Education.

With a love for connecting with students and thrilled to begin teaching last fall, Reinsch said she was “looking forward to creating a student-centered learning environment where the whole child can thrive.”

Thisia Sayers (LSC)

Sayers has a bachelor’s in Spanish and a minor in secondary education and is currently pursuing a master’s in curriculum design and instruction. As a first-year Spanish teacher, she said her objective is to apply a communicative instructional setting while broadening her student’s vocabulary and grammatical knowledge. She also aims to educate them on the diversity, various cultures, histories and nations that compose the Hispanic world.

Cassandra Partida (LSC)

Partida started her college career at Lone Star College-CyFair and finished with a bachelor’s in elementary education and a minor in adaptive education in 2020 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. During her two years at LSC-CyFair she said she was fortunate enough to travel to Nicaragua and volunteer at Reach Unlimited.

For information on LSC-CyFair’s Associate of Arts in Teaching program, visit

Helping more than 23,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the fifth comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit

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