Coffee County Schools Holds New Teacher Orientation On August 3 And 4
Coffee County Schools recently held New Teacher Orientation August 3rd and 4th for over 70 new teachers to the district. The two day training was held in the auditorium of Coffee Middle School under the direction of Ms. Kim Clayton, Director of Personnel and Public Relations for the district.
“This past school year we did have an abundance of retirees and teachers who moved to other parts of the state or out of state. From this, it did require us to hire more teachers than in years past. We have an excellent group of new teachers from the elementary level to high school and they are ready to get started.” Stated Ms. Clayton.
The first day of orientation the teachers met all of the principals within the district, who always offer their “words of wisdom” and the central office staff.
“We like to have our new teachers put a name and face to everyone they may come in contact with for their success moving forward. We try to put ourselves in their place as it relates to starting a new job or career.” Said Ms. Clayton. “We are like a family in our school district so everyone helps each other.”
Dr. Morris Leis, superintendent, presented a brief overview to the new teachers about the district and its strategic plan. Throughout the two day sessions, the teachers heard from other departments such as benefits, professional learning, technology, and curriculum and instruction.
The teachers were treated to breakfast both days thanks to the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and the Georgia Association of Educators. The meals were provided by the Coffee County School Nutrition Association. Lunch was also provided by Covenant Church with a special message from Pastor Gregory Pope on day one and the school district provided lunch on day two.
“Another part of orientation is helping the teachers not only become acclimated to their role in the district but the community. Stanley Lott, the current President of the Douglas – Coffee County Chamber of Commerce, spoke to the teachers on Friday morning about activities within the community and getting involved. We have many that move to our area from other places and we want them to call Coffee County-Douglas their new home.” Stated Ms. Clayton.
For the past couple of years, local banks have given of their time during one of the lunch breaks to come and participate in a “meet and greet” with the teachers, sharing information about the services they offer. Additionally, the insurance carrier’s representing various benefits for employees offer a short overview of their services and stay to also participate in an informal meeting.
The school system truly appreciates all of their business partners who assist in making new teacher orientation such a success.
“We all work together in Coffee County. That is what makes our community so special! Stated Ms. Clayton.
Many thanks to the insurance vendors who provided door prizes for the new teachers.