This year, Willard Schools welcomed 34 new teachers and one new administrator to the district. I was interested to learn that only three of these new staff were fresh out of college. I continue to interview all new teachers in the district prior to recommending them to the Board of Education. My administrators do a great job of asking the right questions to determine if they are a "fit" for Willard.
Not everyone is a fit for our district. Willard teachers must fight their way through sometimes hundreds of candidates to finally land a position. Laine Towe is a perfect example. She is a very impressive new teacher that is currently at South Elementary. This was the third year that she had interviewed for a Willard position. Persistence paid off! Each year that she was not selected she continued to grow and improve at the district she was serving. She was extremely excited when selected for the position this year and she is a great addition to the Willard family.
In my interview with new teachers my goal is to set expectations. Expectations are focused around Instructional Performance and Character / Integrity / Love of Children. These are criteria needed to grow into a Master Teacher. That is what I wanted for my children as a parent and that is what I expect as Superintendent of Schools.
New staff all have an additional five days extended on their contract. This five days is called "Willard 101". Willard 101 is an intensive orientation to Willard Schools. Our goal is to help certified teachers become "Willard Teachers". The week is filled with professional development and strategies to better understand the inter-workings of our district. I greatly enjoy this week and try to spend a significant amount of time with the new staff. At the end of the week both the new staff and current staff are exhausted! However, the time is well spent and appreciated. Our district is blessed to have many Master Teachers throughout the district. Our goal is to help these new staff members not only become Willard Tigers but to help them grow into Master Teachers!
Have a great weekend!
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