Just over 120 new teachers and administrators reported to orientation at King’s Fork Middle School in Suffolk, Virginia on August 18, 2014.
These new employees were greeted by Deputy Superintendent Jacquelin Chavis and Vice-Chairman of the School Board, Enoch Copeland, as well as their individual principals at a breakfast that began at 7:30 a.m.. Members of the School Board were also in attendance to welcome those who would soon be responsible for broadening the horizons of their students.
As the rookie teachers - and those who are veteran teachers but are teaching in Suffolk for the first time – entered the building, they were also greeted by members of the Alpha Theta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a society for outstanding women educators. Bottles of water and chocolate were available for all who stopped by (yes, even the guys). Two baskets filled with a plethora of teacher supplies were also given away to two teachers (one per teacher) whose names were selected from those who dropped their names in a container on the Alpha Theta table prior to moving to the auditorium for a meeting about finances and insurance.
Members of the Education Association of Suffolk as well as the Tidewater Uniserv director were present to discuss the importance of membership with new employees. They will be in attendance for all three days of the new teacher orientation to answer questions and to sign up new members.
Members of the Human Resources Department were also in attendance in full force. Employees were able to get their all-important badge which is to be worn at all times they are working. Other employees who happened to be on site and needed a new badge were also able to do so, saving them a trip to the School Board Office and the hassle of trying to find a parking space once arriving there.
Several universities – Liberty, Phoenix and Regent - had representatives teachers could talk to about furthering their education. Liberty was offering 15% off tuition.
These new employees received a yellow Suffolk Public Schools’ lanyard, a blue Suffolk Public Schools’ portfolio with legal pad inside, a Suffolk Public Schools’ tote bag and a wealth of information on their first day in the system. They have two more days of inservice dedicated just to them before the remainder of the teaching staff returns to work on Thursday, August 21, 2014.