The annual program to familiarize newly-hired teachers with the St. Tammany Parish Public School System was held July 17 through July 19, with a special session planned for July 30 for special education teachers.
Seventy five persons new to the School System met with a variety of School System speakers at the David C. Treen Instructional Technology Center to hear specifics about classroom programs, policies and procedures. Professional Development Coordinator Holly Broom put the event together, calling upon key personnel to deliver presentations on everything from digital classroom advancements to student engagement practices.
A District showcase gave an overall view of the opportunities and operations of the School System, and on Thursday, participants dispersed to individual schools for on-site instruction. Schools involved included Marigny Elementary, Fontainebleau High, Mayfield Elementary, Lee Road Junior High, and Lakeshore High School. Presentations at the schools focused on the grade level needs of each newly-hired educator.
Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, spoke to the group on Tuesday and Thursday, introducing Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Cheryl Arabie to the new teachers.
School Board members Charles Harrell, Robin Mullett, Peggy Seeley, and Ray Alfred joined the group for lunch, meeting with the new teachers, and Ms. Elsie Burkhalter, president of the St. Tammany Federation of Teachers and School Employees, also welcomed them to the District.
The July 30 meeting for special education teachers, held the week before the opening of schools, will address topics such as compliance issues, IEP Forms and Procedures, confidentiality, evaluation, benchmarks and objectives.