New teachers from Elmore County Public Schools spent Monday and Tuesday July 19 and 20 at the central office to attend the district’s New Teacher Academy.
Forty-five primary school teachers attended the orientation course on Monday and 35 secondary school teachers attended on Tuesday. Elmore County Public Schools human resources director Susanne Goodin said the purpose of the course was to acclimate teachers to the programs and software in Elmore County schools.
“We talk to them about how to find certain forms, information and resources available to them and their responsibilities as employees,” Goodin said. “Most of these teachers have worked in other school systems, but the processes and procedures are different in each school district.”
Each day began with a breakfast hosted by the Alabama Education Association, followed by discussions on employee expectations, program evaluations, disciplinary proceedings, technology resources, special education, and finance / payroll.
“We hope every teacher leaves here feeling supported,” Goodin said. “We don’t expect to give them all the answers in one day, but we want to make sure they know who to call when they have a question.
The upcoming school year marks Courtney Day’s first year as a teacher. She will start her teaching career at 10e algebra teacher at Wetumpka High School. She worked as an accountant for 10 years before changing careers.
Day graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is in the process of completing a master’s degree in secondary education.
“I have worked as a substitute teacher for the past two years,” Day said. “That’s how I knew being a teacher is what I’m supposed to do. Being a substitute teacher gave me the opportunity to see what it was like before I fully made the decision to change careers.
Day said she looked forward to the first day of school.
“I’m anxious and nervous, but I’m ready to start,” she said. “I’m excited for sure. I have already decorated my classroom and am preparing my supplies and schedule.
Day said she was comforted by the fact that she would be paired with a seasoned teacher to serve as her mentor.
“I will definitely use it,” Day said.
Goodin thanked the Christian Educators Association International for providing goody bags and snacks during the two day period and First Community Bank for lunch.