The district’s newest teachers gathered at Northside High School this week to be welcomed to the district and get training ahead of school starting later this month.
Each year, the OCS Human Resources and Instruction departments host First Year Teacher Training the week before teachers return to school for the new year. This year, 112 first-year teachers, as in teachers with less than 6 months of teaching experience, joined Onslow County Schools’ ranks and attended the three-day training.
OCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins greeted the new teachers first thing Tuesday morning and left them with words of wisdom and encouragement as they began to prepare for their first year in the classroom.
“On August 26, let’s tell kids what we expect and what it takes to succeed,” he said. “Tell them to believe in their goals, to believe in their possibilities. Tell them that it’s going to take hard work... Remind our students that this is the year for excellence in education, and I do hope that you have a wonderful and successful school year.”
Over the three days, a feeling of excitement and eagerness hung in the air as teachers looked forward to getting into their classrooms and getting started. For two-and-a-half days of the training, the teachers worked in a large group and breakout sessions to learn about HR procedures, Board policies, the licensure process, the OCS Instructional Framework, Instructional Initiatives, and more that would help them be successful in the year to come. And finally, in the afternoon of the final day, teachers entered their new schools and got started with a school-based orientation.
OCS welcomes all of our new teachers to the OCS family and wish you all an excellent school year!