Before students head back to class, teachers across Daviess County celebrated the start of the upcoming year.
Teachers say they’re ready to take this school year on as the memories of last year remain.
The day before students come back, the teachers come together, following a summer full of planning, for a day of pomp and circumstance and motivation.
“It brings all of us together as a district, so that we can focus on unity,” says Nikki Sims, a teacher at Seven Hills Preschool.
“We spent countless hours at the school, late at night, early mornings, trying to get our classrooms ready, trying to make sure we know our curriculum,” adds Misty Miller, a teacher at East View Elementary School.
The annual opening day celebrations inspire teachers, and remind them of their importance. It follows events of last school year, with much attention on the teacher pension debate. Owensboro Public School Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake says they’ve brought in dozens of new teachers and staff, many from other districts, to off-set retirements,
“I think we have, certainly, a power to attract some of the best people. That’ s one or our priorities, to attract some of the strongest talent in the education sector to want to work here. It’s a sign we’re doing something right,” says Dr. Brake.
“When the kids come in to our classroom, we want them to be excited at school. We want them to be happy to learn and we’re here to motivate them,” Miller adds.
Owensboro Public Schools’ Foundation for Excellence awarded $14,000 in grants this morning.
Daviess County Public Schools awarded teachers and staff for their work during the previous school year.
(This story was originally published August 7, 2018)