The summer break is winding down for teachers and students across the Four States. Several school districts have many new teachers who will be going through the same emotions as new students, come that first day.
But the Webb City School District is trying to make new teachers feel welcome.
If you're a freshman, nervous about walking down high school hallways during your first day of school, just remember: Chances are, there will be teachers in the same boat as you.
"Once the students get in here, everything kind of clicks," says Brad Reams.
Reams is a new social studies teacher at Webb City High School, and he's been thinking of ways to make the school day go smoothly.
"Here's where I have to be when they come into the room. When they do, OK, here's where I better be. And when I am there, OK, everything is going to flow," says Reams.
Don't get nervous, students. Reams doesn't want to act like a drill sergeant. In fact, hospitality is on his mind, as he's still deciding on what to put on his classroom walls.
Reams says, "What do they need to have in their classroom to make it inviting and welcoming?"
Reams knows it doesn't feel good to be singled-out as the "newbie."
"We don't want any teacher to feel like they're on an island by themselves," says Webb City Schools Superintendent Tony Rossetti.
Rossetti is putting Reams and 26 other new teachers into groups with mentors.
"This 2016, 2017 group will stay together for three years," says Rossetti.
"My mentor and I have e-mailed back and forth about classes. We're going to be co-teaching. We'll be teaching the same subjects," says Reams.
It'll continue to be a learning experience for Reams and other new teachers. But there's a strong reason for this learning, at least for Reams. He wants to be a meaningful part of students' lives.
"You make a connection with those freshman, you'll see them come back in your upper-level electives. They were happy to have you. You were great, you were a good mentor. They'll come back," says Reams.
On the first day of school...
"Everything just kind of flows from there," says Reams.
...things will work out.
The 27 new teachers district-wide this year includes four new teaching positions that have been added because of increased enrollment.
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