New crop of teachers welcomed to Charles County
School system hired 305 educators, just 31 positions remain unfilled
A new crop of teachers are ready to take the helm in classrooms across Charles County, in preparation for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
New teachers took part in a three-day orientation last week. According to information from Charles County Public Schools, 305 new teachers have been hired this year, 142 high school teachers and 163 secondary (elementary and middle school) teachers.
As of Friday, 31 teaching positions remained unfilled; a teacher job fair is planned for today. Still-vacant positions will be filled by long-term substitute teachers.
The number of unfilled positions is lower than in the past two years, which Deputy Superintendent Amy Hollstein attributed
to year-round recruitment efforts by the school system’s human resources department.
Following the three-day orientation, new teachers were welcomed to the education field by the Education Association of Charles County, the local union for teachers, administrators and other certificated personnel.
Bill Fisher, a retired CCPS teacher and former EACC president, now serving as treasurer for the state union, the Maryland State Education Association, offered new teachers a few words of advice.
“Remember that Charles County parents give you their finest, they give you their best, and so therefore you have to treat them the best,” Fisher said.
Fisher urged new teachers to be fair to all of their students.
“When you’re happy with that fairness in your classroom, you’ll find that you have great control of your classroom, and that’s your biggest challenge the first month, is to get classroom control,” Fisher said.
Fisher also urged them to find a teacher mentor in their school building.
“Find that team leader, find that person across the hall who you can talk to every day. You’ll find that having that connection, having that one-on-one, that you will be successful,” Fisher said.
Princess Moss, secretary-treasurer of the national teacher’s union, the National Education Association, welcomed new teachers to the profession and told teachers they can make the difference in students’ lives.
“Public school education saved my life,” Moss said, speaking of her childhood. “We were poor, but the one thing my mother and father instilled in me, was that I was going to go to college. They instilled in me that the path to success was a good public education. While we didn’t have money, I knew public education was the path forward.”
Selaina Hopkins, a firstyear mathematics teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School, said she was looking forward to returning to teach in Charles County and being in charge of her own classroom.
“I’m really excited,” said Hopkins, a 2013 North Point High School alumna who recently graduated from Salisbury University. “I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 4 years old.”
Princess Moss, secretary/treasurer of the National Education Association, welcomed new teachers to the profession during a meet-and-greet for new Charles County teachers Wednesday evening.