Coweta schools welcome 126 new teachers

Coweta schools welcome 126 new teachers

The Coweta County School System, Board of Education members and community organizations on July 28 got a look at 126 new teachers at an annual breakfast and orientation at the school system-owned Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

New teachers were treated to breakfast by a number of community sponsors, before being given an overview of the school system and returning to their schools for additional orientation, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson.

Above, the recent new teacher induction program in Coweta County included several new East Coweta High School teachers. They include: front row, from left, teachers Stacy Steed, Jennifer Cochran, Erin Mayo, Aisha Samuels and Carolina Perez; and back row, from left, Principal Steve Allen and teachers Thomas Prince, Kim Gile and Chad Kollert. Photo/Submitted.

“Welcome to Coweta County,” said Superintendent Steve Barker, who emphasized the importance of the school system’s mission, vision and beliefs, and the importance of teachers to approach their duties and students with high expectations. “Give your best, every day. They deserve it. Expect excellence. Students rise to high expectations. And most importantly, believe in all of your students. Every one.”

Coweta County curriculum directors Karen Barker and Schwanda Jackson covered Coweta County School’s Mission, Vision and Beliefs, and the county’s academic trends and priorities. Public Policy Director Mark Whitlock gave teachers an overview of the county school system and its major initiatives.

Jackson said school principals introduced their new teachers. Most welcomed just a few teachers, though East Coweta High School Principal Steve Allen introduced 26 new faculty members. Newnan High School Principal Chase Puckett introduced 19 new teachers to the school, noting they are joining NHS as the high school plans to graduate its 130th class.

White Oak Elementary School Principal Andy Clarke welcomed one new face to his school – Tiffany Gill, and English Language Learners teacher who has taught in Hall County for several years. Clarke noted that Gill, a University of Georgia graduate, is also an alumnus of East Coweta High School, Arnall Middle and White Oak Elementary.

“I’m a Newnan girl,” said Gill. “I’m coming home.”