PRSD welcomes new teachers at New Teacher Orientation
On August 26, 2016 Peace River School Division (PRSD) welcomed new teachers to the division during the annual New Teacher Orientation. New teachers participated in activities focused on student engagement, meeting the needs of all learning styles and classroom management.
The orientation provides a starting point for new educators in the division and the support continues with one-on-one support and access to school based coaches and PRSD’s Teacher Mentor Coach, Maurice Mayer throughout the year.
“The orientation was really helpful” says first year teacher Taryn Banach. “Especially learning ways to set the stage for success in the classroom within the first days of school.”
Taryn is a Fairview High School graduate and is beginning her first year of teaching at Worsley Central School. “I am excited to meet the kids and happy that I get to start my career in the same school division that I graduated from.”
The annual orientation is a partnership between Peace River School Division, Holy Family Catholic Regional Division and High Prairie School Division.
“I like how the orientation is with three different school divisions” says new teacher Judy Miller who is teaching at Dixonville School this year. “We are able to make connections with other new teachers from other schools in the community and the region.”
New teacher Brendan Fedoski agrees.
“It’s nice to know you are not alone” says Brendan. “The orientation gives us the chance to meet other new teachers. Having this and the support of our school based mentor and divisional mentor is fantastic.” Brendan is a Grimshaw Jr Sr High School (GHS) graduate and is teaching math and sciences at GHS this year.
As a part of the new teacher orientation, staff also took a tour of the Instructional Materials Department at PRSD central office. “It was good to see the Instructional Materials Center and the wide range of resources available” says Judy Miller, new teacher at Dixonville School.
When new teachers were asked to express their feelings about the first day of school, excited and nervous were common responses.
“I am excited, nervous and look forward to getting to know the kids and ready to start the school year” says Brendan.
PRSD welcomes new and returning staff to the division and extends warm wishes for a successful and rewarding 2016-2017 school year.