KLEINTalks Shines Light on Student Voice


At the second-annual KLEINTalks event on Saturday, students from across the district stepped on stage in the Klein Cain Auditorium to enlighten and entertain the audience of the peers, teachers, faculty, and staff.

Chosen from over 100 submissions, 12 learners in grades three through 12 shared their passion for topics ranging from baseball and black holes to Klein ISD’s very own Promise2Purpose vision. Digital Learning Specialist Teresa Hurtado coached two speakers through the KLEINTalks process and believes that the event empowered them to express themselves.

“KLEINTalks shows our students that they are in a school district that truly cares about and values their voice,” she said. “It makes them feel important and heard and shows them that their opinions, thoughts, and passions matter. Sprinkle in a little public speaking practice, and it’s the perfect catalyst for continued student success.”

Klein High senior Andrew Hebert closed the event with a powerful talk about his Making Connections community that brought Promise2Purpose to life for him and his peers.

“My favorite part about KLEINTalks was that I got to talk about something important to me in front of other people,” Klein High School senior Andrew Hebert said. “No one told me what to say, I got to say what I wanted and reflect on my high school career.”

The event, modeled after the world-renowned video sensation known as TED Talks, was the epitome of student-owned. Klein Cain Live staff controlled the lights, sound, cameras, and livestream while theater students greeted guests with a program and a smile, and cosmetology students used their talent to get the speakers stage-ready.

“It was really exciting to participate in KLEINTalks because we’ve never had timed hair appointments, we are usually working at our own pace, so it was exciting to have to real-world ‘rush,’” Klein Cain cosmetology student Asia Duhe said.

Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make this event possible and enjoyable. We are so proud of our goal-oriented student leaders, learners, and community. 

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