Chamber helps welcome new teachers

Chamber helps welcome new teachers
Posted on 08/15/2018
New Teachers Gather at the ClarionHARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – It’s been an exciting week for Jefferson County Schools as dozens of new teachers started to prepare to enter the classroom later this month. So far this year, 44 new educators have been added to the district. This number includes classroom teachers, special educators, school counselors, a principal, two assistant principals, and an occupational therapist. Teachers got to participate in a number of seminars, exercises and other training as part of a three-day orientation that began last Friday, Aug. 3, and culminated with 2018 New Teacher Welcome Lunch Aug. 7, hosted again by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Heather Morgan McIntyre, Executive Director of the Chamber, was excited to greet new teachers and staff as they entered the Clarion of Harpers Ferry on Tuesday. They were joined by current Jefferson County teachers, administrators, chamber members, and members of the Jefferson County Board of Education. McIntyre said the Chamber hosts the event every year to show new teachers how invested they are in their success.
“The Chamber believes that education is the basis of our community; if we do not have a good education system and good teachers then our businesses suffer,” she said. “It is important for the school system and businesses to work together. By hosting the New Teacher’s Lunch each year, we are providing the opportunity for the business community and school system to connect.”
Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson , Jefferson County Schools Superintendent, had an opportunity to speak during the luncheon; and while she refrained from offering advice to the eager new teachers, she did try to express how significant being a teacher is to everyone in Jefferson County and beyond.
“If there’s one job, one career that is essential for humanity, it’s yours,” Gibson said. “Every year you get to be the catalyst for a brand new start for someone else. Embrace that.”
All teachers will be back in the classroom starting next week. Students return to school in Jefferson County on August 20.

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