January has already proven to be a busy month for our division. It’s been so exciting to see how schools are celebrating Reading Month. I loved being invited as a guest reader to Great Bridge Intermediate, Deep Creek Elementary, Cedar Road Elementary, and Carver Intermediate. At Deep Creek, I enjoyed a little Mo Willems with the Baby Hornets and at Great Bridge Intermediate, I introduced the Math Curse to the fourth-grade Wildcats. I also want to thank Mayor Richard West, Mr. Michael Cuddyer, local reporters, school board members and many others who volunteered their time to share their love of reading with our students.
I’m also grateful to the many teachers and administrators who shared their love of teaching and learning with our Career Commitment candidates over the course of the two-day program earlier this month. The goal of the program is to recruit some of the best and the brightest future teachers early and show them why Chesapeake Public Schools is truly the best place to begin their career.
Over forty candidates spent the two days with our division meeting with Human Resources Administrators, visiting schools and classrooms, asking questions of our teacher and administrator panel, and attending a welcome ceremony and reception where Mayor West and others brought greetings. The ceremony also gave the candidates an opportunity to introduce themselves. We were excited to welcome several that came from other areas of the state and region, but it was also wonderful to see the number of CPS graduates who chose to come back to Chesapeake to teach because of the quality education and experiences they had here as students.
At the end of their second day, we were pleased to host a signing day at Hugo Owens Middle School where thirty candidates signed contracts to begin teaching with us in the fall. An additional twelve signed contracts earlier to begin work with us this month. I’m excited to have these new teachers become a part of our family and look forward to seeing all the amazing things they will do in their classrooms.
If you would like to join these outstanding new educators and pursue your career with Chesapeake, another opportunity is available on February 12, 2019, at our Teacher Job Fair at Western Branch High School. We’d love to see there.