New Teachers Hit Classrooms Early

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 14, 2008 at 7:00 PM EDT

The start of school is still a few weeks away, but new teachers in many districts are already preparing for their first day in the classroom.

Action News Reporter Caitlin Nuclo introduces us to class in Vestal.

Meet Mr. Hardenstine.

One of Vestal Middle School's new math teachers.

"I get to set my own classroom environment and its really up to me that the students are comfortable and its going to be a nice positive learning environment for them"

The Vestal School District is hosting an orientation for new teachers.

"Really to welcome the teachers and provide those basics."says Director of Curriculum and Development Richard Bucci.

The orientation gets them up to speed on policies and teaches the first timers some things they may not have learned already.

Lessons like dealing with diversity in the classroom and parent-teacher communication.

"It transitions us and answers a lot of our questions and takes away a lot of those fears we would have if we didn't know - just jumping into the classroom"says new teacher Jennie Drexler.

The classrooms are empty now but in just a few weeks new teachers will be taking to their new classrooms for the first time.

"Obviously the natural feeling is its going to seem overwhelming because you are going to be hit with a number of different issues simultaneously but don't let that get you down."says Bucci.

The teachers are mentally preparing to meet some first day fears and challenges.

"There's always that new teacher new student anxiety you want to make a good impression and want everyone to feel comfortable and at ease."says Drexler.

"In middle school the challenge is trying to take their energy and harness it and focus it in the right direction." says Hardenstine.

And after this session, teachers will be ready to meet their energetic students in just a few weeks.

In Vestal, Caitlin Nuclo, WBNG-TV Action News.

Vestal's first day of school is September 3rd.

The district is welcoming 15 new teachers and 2 new principles.

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