My role is a Board member is to be a liason from the community to LCPS, and I am priviledged to speak to you on behalf of the community today. I am excited by the diversity of your group. Some of you taught in other districts, for others your first day at the head of a classroom will come in a few weeks. Some of you come from other countries, some of you live just around the corner from the schools where you will teach.
You are joining a team of exceptional professionals. They are experienced, they are committed. They are all educators, though not all of them are teachers. The custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers are part of the team too, and they are also educators.
You are part of a profession that is becoming increasingly technical. We will ask you to gather and track and respond to more data on our students than has ever been done before. Your job will be increasingly challenging, as the people in our community expect the very best opportunities for their children. But the teaching profession must never lose its heart, the ability to connect with children one on one as individual human beings.
We are sending you our most precious cargo, trusting that you will return them safely to us at the end of the day and better prepared for the world before them. This is a daunting task, but the team of professionals you are joining are here to support you, and you were picked because those professionals saw in you the ability to rise to the challenge. Learn from their experience, follow in their footsteps, but bring your own ideas as well. Bring new energy. Bring the fresh to LCPS.
Thank you for choosing to be a part of our team, welcome to LCPS.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Welcoming New Teachers
Author: John Stevens
On Friday I attended the orientation for teachers who are new to LCPS, and as Chairman I was able to speak to them on behalf of the Board but also on behalf of the community. I have the notes that I used to speak, this is roughly what I told them on your behalf: