We were pleased to welcome 40 new teachers to Caroline County this year! Their introduction to CCPS began with a breakfast on August 21st, where they heard remarks from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Saelens, Board of Education President Louise Cheek, Caroline Commissioner Larry Porter, Administrators & Supervisors Association President Rob Willoughby, and Caroline County Education Association President Amy Anderson. Each building principal had the honor of introducing their new staff members individually at the gathering.
In the days that followed, teachers underwent a busy orientation from various CCPS departments and their individual schools. Corporal Rico Gestole, Student Resource Officer (SRO) for Colonel Richardson Middle and High Schools, provided school safety training which included CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event).
Their first week with CCPS also included some fun. Following their training, new teachers teamed up with administers for Minute to Win It games which brought out everyone’s competitiveness and ability to master rather difficult tasks.
In addition, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church members prepared and served a wonderful dinner for everyone in attendance. Pastor Karen Handy warmly welcomed new teachers and shared that the dinner was a tradition that expressed the church’s support of the school system.
In her remarks to new teachers, Dr. Saelens encouraged them to stick to “the Caroline way.” She stressed our tradition of collaboration with all partners such as the county commissioners, law enforcement, and the public library, and shared that in all decisions, the first consideration is the best interest of our students. “Every day this year will not be perfect but on those frustrating days, think about the Caroline way and reach out when you need help,” Dr. Saelens stated. “Your success is our success.”
Photos from the various events can be found on CCPS’s Flickr page.