After months of training alongside mentors and administrators, 76 new teachers recently celebrated the completion of their first year of classroom teaching, as part of the 2016-17 LCPS Beginning Teacher Induction Program, a multi-year training and support program designed to assist teachers with their state mandated licensure advancement.
“The program offers many layers of support for these novice educators. Administrators help them learn systems and procedures and established teachers serve as mentors, answering questions and providing support throughout the year,” said LCPS Staff Development Specialist Jane Gurnea.
This year 38 elementary school teachers and 38 secondary school teachers from 31 different schools throughout LCPS participated in the program. “It has been a real pleasure working with this group of dedicated teachers. It has been wonderful watching them grow as professionals throughout the year,” said LCPS Staff Development Specialist Pete Dinger.
To commemorate the completion of the teachers’ first year of classroom teaching, a celebration ceremony featuring remarks by LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing and members of the school board was held, Monday, May 1 in the LCPS Administration Building.
“Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm on their [the teachers’] faces brought back fond memories of my first year teaching,” said Ewing. “I’m glad to see so many talented educators choosing to start their careers right here at LCPS.”
The program is run by Gurnea and Dinger, who provide ongoing professional development sessions, individual classroom observations and constructive feedback, as part of their roles as districtwide mentors. Since the program was established in 1999, more than 1,500 teachers have successfully completed the program and developed the skills to become effective classroom teachers, according to Gurnea.
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