Second graders watch as teacher sworn in

May 26, 2014

Most teachers work to keep order in the classroom. Katy Padilla Stout could also be called upon to keep order in the courtroom.

The Myers Elementary School second grade teacher Katy Padilla Stout was recently sworn in as a lawyer by State Senator Leticia Van de Putte in front of her second grade class.

Padilla Stout took a three year break from teaching to earn her law degree from the South Texas College of Law and this is her first year back in the classroom since law school graduation. She passed the bar last October but wanted to share the milestone with her second grade class.

Before a lawyer can be licensed to practice they must take an oath which can be administered by certain public officials, including members of the Texas Legislature. Padilla Stout asked Senator Van de Putte to do the honors because she represents San Antonio, Northside ISD, and serves on the Senate Education Committee.

This summer, Padilla Stout will work at a law firm and begin studies for a master’s degree in education administration. Ironically, she is not the only lawyer working at Myers Elementary School or the only lawyer on the second grade team. A fellow second grade teacher is also a lawyer.

Pictured (from l-r) are Principal Tesilia Soliz, Padilla Stout, her father Attorney Alfred Padilla, and State Senator Leticia Van de Putte who is performing the swearing in ceremony.