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Hawkins County Welcomes New Teachers during Orientation

 
Hawkins County schools welcomed 25 new teachers with a two-day orientation.

"We use these two days to introduce them to our school system and to allow them to meet many of the personnel who are available to them for support throughout the year," said Nedra Jackson, Assistant Director and Human Resource Supervisor.

Attendees were welcomed by Steve Starnes, Director of Schools. Director Starnes said’ “We welcome each of the newly hired teachers to the Hawkins County School System. We are glad that they have chosen to be part of our educational family and want them to know that we are here to support them. The influence of a teacher is immeasurable as reflected by this quote from Henry Brooks Adams, ‘A teacher affects eternity; he/she can never tell where their influence stops.’ I wish each of the newly hired teachers much success this school year.”

As part of the two-day orientation, the new hires attended several including one on the TEAM evaluation model for teachers and another on strategies for reaching students with technology. They were also provided information on the new TNReady assessment and programs to support special student populations.

"This is the first time I have genuinely felt part of a teaching community where I will be honestly supported by passionate, caring educators," said a new hire.

While some new teachers came with experience from other school systems, several are first year educators and they appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and collaborate with peers.

"The last two days of training provided me with a very high spirit of motivation and confidence for this year,” commented a first year educator.

Beth Holt, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has taught for Hawkins County Schools for 40 years and enjoys meeting the new teachers each year.

"Hawkins County Schools’ administrators and central office staff are truly dedicated to providing each one of our new teachers with not only the support they need, but encouragement and a sense of family, as well.  Given all the increasing demands on our teachers, it is imperative that we help our new teachers understand that the joy and fulfillment that comes from teaching can be immeasurable.  During our new teacher orientation it is one of our goals that each new teacher understands who they can come to with questions or concerns and to know that we are truly here to serve them as they do the vital work of educating and caring for the students of Hawkins County.  ," she said.

Holt ended the orientation with some advice for the new educators.

“Having a deep understanding of the Tennessee State Standards and using those standards to guide your planning and instruction will be vital in preparing your students for the next step in their academic careers. Have high expectations for each of your students and create a safe and caring classroom and you will be successful.” said Holt.

 

It is the policy of the Hawkins County School System not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational programs or employment policies as required by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title IX (1972 Educational Amendments), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.