150 new teachers learn about school system at induction

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Sandy Creek High teacher Laura-Leigh Reynolds sits across from interim principal Richard Smith as they listen to Kim Herron, director of elementary education, deliver the first welcoming remarks to kick-off the 2019 New Teacher Induction. Photo/Fayette County School System.
Sandy Creek High teacher Laura-Leigh Reynolds sits across from interim principal Richard Smith as they listen to Kim Herron, director of elementary education, deliver the first welcoming remarks to kick-off the 2019 New Teacher Induction. Photo/Fayette County School System.

Approximately 150 teachers new to Fayette County Public Schools kicked-off their first year with the school system at New Teacher Induction held July 23-26. “Portrait of a Teacher – Framing a Masterpiece” was the theme for the four-day event. The theme coincides with the launch of the school system’s “Portrait of a Graduate” that outlines the qualities and skills all Fayette County Public School System students should possess once they graduate.

Fayette’s new teachers represent a mix of educators with varying degrees of experience from those who are starting their first year of teaching to veterans who have taught for over 20 years.

Superintendent Jody Barrow.
Superintendent Jody Barrow.

A breakfast for them and their principals jump-started the induction at Whitewater High School on Tuesday. Board of Education Chairman Scott Hollowell and Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, along with 2019 Fayette County Teacher of the Year, Michael Wamsley from Robert J. Burch Elementary, officially welcomed the new educators.

Following breakfast, the teachers convened next door at Sara Harp Minter Elementary to learn about the high expectations of being a Fayette County Public School teacher, and participated in workshops covering topics they need to know to have a successful year.

<b>McIntosh High School Teachers Janell Brown and Paul Sams enjoy a laugh as Dr. Barrow, Fayette County Public School System superintendent, shares a funny story during his welcome to the teachers. Photo/Fayette County School System. </b>
McIntosh High School Teachers Janell Brown and Paul Sams enjoy a laugh as Dr. Barrow, Fayette County Public School System superintendent, shares a funny story during his welcome to the teachers. Photo/Fayette County School System.

The second and third days of New Teacher Induction, which also took place at the Sara Harp Minter Elementary, consisted of workshops covering topics such as technology tools, the importance of having a mentor, and classroom management. New teachers spent the fourth and final day of induction at their respective schools, getting oriented with the layout of the buildings and organizing their classrooms.

<b>Bennett’s Mill Middle teacher Heather Dixon takes a moment to look over the schedule for the next four days of New Teacher Induction. Photo/Fayette County School System.</b>
Bennett’s Mill Middle teacher Heather Dixon takes a moment to look over the schedule for the next four days of New Teacher Induction. Photo/Fayette County School System.