New crop of teach­ers wel­comed to Charles County

School sys­tem hired 305 ed­u­ca­tors, just 31 po­si­tions re­main un­filled

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

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.

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