August 16, 2017 – First and second year teachers were welcomed by the Bakersfield City School District during the 2017 New Teacher Orientation at Sequoia Middle School. The week-long conference offered sessions, resources and workshops for new teachers covering a wide range of topics including classroom technology, student engagement, communication methods, and positive behavior interventions and support.
Valerie Saylor, Coordinator for New Teacher Support, said, “The main goal of the week is to welcome teachers to the district and make them a part of our team. They will participate in some initial professional development that will help them be successful with their students during the first few days of school, and we will continue that support throughout the school year.”
Hannah Townsend-Macias, a first-year special education teacher at Noble Elementary and attendee of the orientation said, “At first I felt overwhelmed entering my new role. However, after the orientation, and with all of the supporting staff from Student Services, New Teacher Support and Noble, I feel more than ready to start this school year.”
More than 200 teachers attended the orientation. On the final day, Saylor had these words of advice for new teachers, “Be on the team, collaborate with others, and always put the students first.”