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“New Educators Boot Camp” Held for Newly Hired Wakulla County Teachers

July 31, 2019

Starting a new school year can be as intimidating for teachers as it is for students. On July 31, there were 23 newly hired teachers who attended the “New Educator Boot Camp” put on by the Wakulla County School District Human Resources Department.

Superintendent Bobby Pearce welcomed the new teachers and Angie Walker, Executive Director of Human Resources, facilitated the activities for teachers new to the district.

Guest speakers shared their knowledge on school safety, connecting with students, ethics, support for struggling students, and more.

Presenters included Belinda McElroy on Students’ Mental Health; Tanya English on Teaching Students with an IEP (Individual Education Plan) and Cori Revell on Homeless Students.

Beth Brown spoke on Energy Efficiency; Jan Pearce on Professional Conduct and Ethics; and Suzanne Fielder, Shannon Ferrell and Kimberly Morgan presented on Kagan Strategies in the classroom.

Others included Vicki Benton on MTSS/RtI (Multi-Tier Student Support/Response to Intervention); and Jim Griner on Staying Safe.

During lunch provided by the Human Resources staff, WCTA President Elena Myhre gave an update.

Afternoon presenters included Kelly Dykes on AVID; Lori Sandgren on the Reading Endorsement and Professional Certificates; Daniel Lily on Connecting with Kids; Holly Harden on Progress Monitoring; and Jessica Wells on Staying Fit, Mentally and Physically.

The “New Educator Boot Camp” is offered to all teachers new to the Wakulla County public school system to help them get acclimated. They also learn more about the Wakulla “A” rated school district’s high expectations for all of Wakulla’s educators.

To complete the Boot Camp program and graduate from it, all new educators must work closely with an assigned veteran teacher who is their mentor for the school year. School administrators are also involved with training new teachers, making sure they feel supported during their first year of teaching in Wakulla.

“Boot Camp is an opportunity for our new hires to get to know each other while our veteran teacher leaders share their knowledge and experiences. It’s a great kick off to the school year. The Wakulla County School District welcomes all of our new teachers to a school system I hope they will enjoy working in," said Superintendent Pearce.