This week, I had the opportunity to talk with the newest members of the Richland One family – our new teachers and staff that joined us this year. The event started with ice-breaking activities that also were designed for interaction with others from across the district, all 500 square miles!
The festivities continued and it was heartening to see and interact with everyone. All were able to reflect for a moment, as well as share joys and challenges of the profession. Bright spots included their interactions with students, from a student who was surprised that a new teacher would know the student’s name on the first day of school to a student being able to greet the teacher in English, from being in the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program.
I had an opportunity to address teachers and listen to their feedback, as a whole, about the profession and their early experiences. Teaching is difficult but also rewarding when you realize the positive impact one can have on the lives of students, while preparing for the assessments and tests that often overshadow how much teachers and staff give on a day-to-day basis.
That said, as a learning organization, we welcome the feedback and use it to make our district more prepared to support the work we are charged to do.
Thanks again to our new teachers and staff for what you do and for being a part of Richland One!