Rockwood School District students haven't been the only ones busily preparing for the start of the new school year Monday. Their teachers have also been hard at work.
"The beginning of every school year is exciting," said Jared Kreienkamp, a seventh-grade geography teacher at Selvidge Middle
who is entering his 10th year in the district. "A new thing I'll be doing a lot this year is using a lot of the new technologies and resources available to us, so I'm excited about incorporating that into my classroom and doing a lot of student-interest-driven work. The technology will help us tailor the curriculum to each individual kid."
Teachers headed back to their schools for orientation starting Tuesday, kicking off four days of building meetings, teacher work time and districtwide curriculum and instruction sessions.
Amy Merriott, a social studies teacher at Lafayette High
who is entering her sixth year in the district, has curriculum changes on her mind as she prepares to teach Advanced Placement (AP) world history for her first time in the district. She attended an AP workshop in San Diego over the summer.
"A lot of us are ready to get to work." Merriott said. "There's a lot that you're just going to have to experience."
Sitting in the Rockwood Summit High
theater after a morning of curriculum instruction, Eureka Elementary's
four third-grade teachers all remarked that the best part of coming back to school was getting to know a new class of students.
That doesn't change, whether you're entering first year teacher like Cate Neal or you're a veteran like Courtney Cochran, Elizabeth Kealen or Tina Monton.
"The kids are finally there," Kealen said. "It's starting to build those relationships with them and watching their excitement as they get a fresh start in a new school year."