Maria Lobron, one of the hundreds of new-hires, is beginning her first full-time teaching position at Hunter Elementary School in Kensington, and she’s going through the same range of feelings her students may experience.
“I come from public schools, so I always knew I wanted to make the transition back and serve the students that live in the community that I live in,” she added.
Superintendent William Hite said the week of orientation is designed to help new teachers start on the right foot.
"We have a first-year teacher retention rate of about 90 percent," he said. "But we want them to remain beyond the first year or the second year or the third."
Hite encouraged the teachers to connect to their new colleagues, share what works, and to never stop learning.
"We know that part of them feeling more comfortable is developing them and inducting them in a way that is part of a system and a structure," he continued. "That’s why this week has been put together."
The new school year starts on Sept. 3.