FWCS/FWEA welcome new teachers - August 14, 2006

Record Number: 2562
Displayed from: Aug 14, 2006 , until: Aug 17, 2006

Fort Wayne Community Schools and Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA) are once again joining together to roll out the red carpet to the more than 75 new teachers who will be in classrooms across the district when school begins on Monday. We are looking forward to an outstanding year and are delighted to have such energetic, hard-working and dedicated professionals coming into our teaching ranks, said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. The annual New Teacher Orientation will be held beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in the Board Room of the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Calhoun St. The event provides an opportunity for new staff to learn about the district's focus on student achievement and to embrace the rich diversity within this school system with a firm belief that all students can learn. The Fort Wayne Education Association looks forward to welcoming our new teachers, said FWEA President Steve Brace. We are eager to help them receive the support and resources they need to meet the ever increasing challenges they will face in their classrooms. Highlights of the orientation include an opening address by Dr. Robinson and Cabinet members with a focus on the district's strategic plan and academic priorities. Professional development opportunities, employee benefits and support services will also be explained. And, Susan Brace, a teacher at Jefferson Middle School, will join HR Manager David Yarde and FWCS Professional Development Director Linda Roman to talk about the district's new teacher academy program which provides supports throughout the year. FWEA President Brace and Executive Director Bill Gist will welcome teachers and provide information about the association. In addition, they will offer teachers Survival Tips for Your First Year and follow up with a question and answer period. A luncheon, courtesy of FWEA, will be held at the Grand Wayne Center. Following the luncheon, teachers will go to their assigned school to meet with principals and begin preparing for the school year ahead. Special thanks to the following that have made donations for the event: Sharon's Victorian House of Gifts, United Art and Education, Fort Wayne Printing, Professional Federal Credit Union, Cork 'N Cleaver, Barnes & Noble, Curves, Mike's Car Wash, Pizza Hut and Rave Motion Pictures. NOTE TO MEDIA: You are welcome to speak with new teachers, district and FWEA officials prior to the beginning of the orientation between 7:30-8 a.m. on Tuesday in the Board Room of the Grile Administrative Center.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.