U46 orientation helps ‘nervous,’ ‘excited’ new teachers (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

ELGIN — Complex. Challenging. Demanding. Subtle.

Those are some of the words teachers have used to describe their work in the classroom, said Andrea Erickson, coordinator of teacher effectiveness initiatives at Elgin School District U46.

“Kind of nervous.”

That’s how Heidy Bailey described her feelings about her first day as a teacher in a bilingual preschool classroom this school year at Illinois Park Center for Early Learning in Elgin.

Bailey is one of about 135 teachers new to the Elgin-based school district who attended New Teacher Orientation on Monday and Tuesday in the auditorium at Elgin High School. A total 163 teachers, some of whom joined U46 late last year, attended the orientation, according to the district.

The 2012-13 school year starts next Wednesday in U46.

Erickson described the orientation as “that whole introduction, welcome to the district, see the big picture and then get down to the details of that work.”

For the rest of the story, plus public school, college and university start dates in the Elgin, Ill., area, read U46 orientation helps ‘nervous,’ ‘excited’ new teachers (Sun-Times Media).

Photo credit: Michael R. Schmidt for Sun-Times Media.