ELIZABETHTON – Although their careers as teachers don’t officially begin for several days, the new teachers in the Carter County school system have got a head start on the school year.
For the third year in a row, the school system is organizing a ânew teachers’ academyâ for its newly hired teachers. Diana Bowers, director of programs for the Carter County School System, said 25 new teachers who are just starting their teaching careers or who are new to the Carter County school system have attended the academy.
Bowers said the academy lasted for three days last week, meeting Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Bowers said it was a very diverse group, which included K-12 teachers. She said there were also special education teachers.
She said the new teachers were being trained by experienced teachers, including Chris Whitehead, who has been involved in the previous three academies, and Shonna Waddle.
Although all of these new teachers have college degrees and are very capable of educating children, there are still areas where a young teacher can benefit from some experienced teachers.
There are also policies and procedures in place in the Carter County school system that obviously were not part of their college education classes. These are the areas in which the new teachers’ academy is designed to help the teacher.
In addition to last week’s three classes, the academy will meet for an additional five days spread throughout the school year to provide assistance in areas faced by new teachers.
This will help new teachers answer questions they have after they start school and spend most of their time in class with their students. They don’t have a lot of opportunity to ask a lot of questions of their fellow teachers on busy days at school.