Stepping into a classroom and teaching for the very first time can be quite nerve-wracking for most new teachers, but thanks to San Elizario Independent School District’s (SEISD) new program that may be a thing of the past.
With SEISD’s ‘First Year Teacher Academy,’ teachers can flourish and grow in their profession using several techniques.
The goal is to increase teacher effectiveness and higher teacher retention. First year teachers are provided with ongoing professional development throughout the year from the instructional team as well as a seasoned campus mentor.
“The life of a first year teacher can be overwhelming because they learn everything from curriculum to Human Resources to technology,” said Debbie Cortez, Instructional Officer at SEISD.
“Participating in a solid induction program, such as the First Year Teacher Academy, can make the transition a bit easier and provide our teachers with the time and support to succeed,” Cortez added.
The First Year Teacher Academy helps new teachers receive professional development in areas such as Classroom Management, Behavior, Stress Management, Rituals & Routines, and getting ready for the first day.
“I am glad SEISD has this Academy for new teachers because it is definitely helpful and beneficial,” said Daniel Morrow, Science teacher at San Elizario High School.
“It has taught me to include various activities and games to keep students engaged and always learning. I have grown so much as a person and as a teacher because of this Academy.”