It is the desire of the Person County Schools’ to provide novice teachers with the assistance needed to ensure their success in teaching. In an effort to do this, Person County Schools has implemented a Beginning Teacher Support Program for new teachers. A Beginning Teacher Coordinator is available to assist the new teachers in several capacities. All first-year teachers are provided a three-day orientation in August. During the orientation, professional development is conducted in areas such as classroom management, time management, and curriculum and instruction. The BT Coordinator works directly with the Executive Director for Human Resources to provide district level support for novice teachers. Beginning Teachers meet monthly with the BT Coordinator for professional development. The BT Coordinator also informally observes and visits new teachers on a regular basis. However, the most important assistance that is provided to beginning teachers comes from mentors serving each beginning teacher.
The major goal of the Person County Schools’ mentoring program is to provide trained mentors who carry out the following tasks:
*Facilitate the adjustment and success of novice teachers
*Support and encourage novice teachers
*Act as positive role models for new teachers
*Share with novice teachers the objectives, culture, and expectations of the school and school system
*Promote professional growth, self-confidence, and success on the part of the novice teacher
*Assist the novice teacher in developing decision-making skills
*Assist the novice teacher in lesson planning, classroom management, discipline, time management, teaching strategies, motivation, and other areas.
For additional information about the Person County Schools’ Beginning Teacher Support Program contact:
Lori C. Stacey, Director Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org