Aug. 8, 2014
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.- For every one teacher hired into the Albemarle County school system, ten people apply.
This year, 100 new teachers will hit the hallways of Albemarle Co. on Wednesday, August 20.
This week is the district's 'New Teacher Academy', a four-day orientation for teachers new to Albemarle Co. Public Schools.
It allows the teachers to learn about the school culture and the district's top priorities, something academy administrators say is an important first step for new educators.
"It's an extremely important piece,” said Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Dr. Billy Haun. “Especially now because in Albemarle County we have such a focus on project-based learning and digital curriculum, the integration of digital curriculum, the integration of technology, so we really have some things that we feel are important to us and this gives the new teachers an opportunity to come in and sort of catch up and get an idea of what we're talking about."
"It gives you a comfort level with the administration. It introduces you to some of the peers you'll be working with and I think one of the emphasis of the 'New Teacher Academy' is trying to introduce a philosophy of Albemarle Public Schools which I think one of the best words is 'progressive', it's very cool," said new hire Adam Kuchta.
Teachers spent the first part of the week together and then broke off to spend time at their respective schools, working with their principals and teacher mentors.
Friday wrapped up the 'New Teacher Academy', which leaves teachers one week to get ready for the arrival of students.
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