New teachers wrap up orientation and prepare for Open House in Bibb
Bibb County has welcomed more than 200 new teachers for the upcoming school year.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)– “That first day and that first interaction with students is so important,” said Bibb Superintendent, Dr. Curtis Jones.
The Bibb County school district has welcomed 250 new teachers just before the start of the school year.
Jolee Henson is one of those new teachers and she’ll be teaching pre-school this upcoming year. Henson says the district has welcomed her and other new teachers with open arms.
“I feel like this is a very nice culture and climate to be a part of… This is just very uplifting and everyone supports you and tries to make sure you succeed,” the new teacher said.
Teacher orientation was a time to learn about the values and expectations of the school district, pick up a few essentials, and get to know their new colleagues, and it wouldn’t be the “new normal” without a vaccine conversation too.
Dr. Jones says after watching teachers adapt to changes because of the pandemic last year, he has full confidence this new group will be able to do the same.
“I think I, like the other teachers who are here for new teacher orientation and those who are returning, are here because they want to see the world become a better place, and we recognize that children are very important for that,” Jones explained.
Bibb Schools hoped the orientation eases new teachers’ nerves and prepares them for meeting students and parents in the upcoming weeks.
Henson says she is looking forward to putting the pandemic in the past and focusing on building successful futures for her students.
“I’m just looking forward to having fun with my students. Just discovering new things with them… I’m really excited to do that,” Henson said.
Doctor jones says the district is excited to see so many new faces wanting to contribute to student success.
“I don’t have any doubt that the teachers that we have are very capable and very qualified to teach our students,” Jones exlained. “I think once parents meet the teachers they’re going to feel the same.”