New teachers pose on the steps of Benton Hall Academy for a picture. Front Row L-R: Jennifer Lennox (new Spanish teacher), Rachel Petkovsek (new BHA library TA), Michelle Connor (mentor), Courtney Coupe (new Kindergarten), Rachel Potenski (new BHA reading teacher)
Middle Row L-R: Leah Odom (new 6th-grade science), Beth Mosher (mentor), Michelle Gaspa (mentor)
Back Row: Joe Macri (mentor), Monica Getman (mentor), Jason Izzo (new Family and Consumer Science Teacher), Quintin Smith (new Middle School special education teacher)
by Dave Warner
New teachers in the Little Falls City School District started school this week and were assigned a mentor as part of a two-year program. Today was the initial meeting where they got an orientation, and all of the information they needed, included policies and procedures.
In the morning, they took a bus ride so that they could experience the City of Little Falls and see all of the different types of families they’ll be working with. Mr. Long, Principal at Benton Hall Academy narrated the trip with interesting facts and a brief history of the area.
According to Middle School Principal Maria Lindsay “They come back after the bus trip, have lunch together and then we work with them in the afternoon to go over a lot of what they learned in the morning. Throughout the next two years, we meet once a month and go over current topics like classroom management, parent-teacher conferences, engaging instruction and those kinds of things.”
“We try to help them through their first two years in Little Falls. Our whole point of the program is to keep teachers within our school system,” she said.
Three of the new teachers will work in Benton Hall Academy, three will work at the Middle School, and one will be shared between the Middle School and High School.