Mission Moment: New School Year, New Teachers, New Friends!
On August 22 and 23, 2017, doors opened at Perry Hall High School, inviting over 900 new teachers and professionals to the Baltimore County Public School community through the New Teacher Orientation. The halls were filled with excitement as educators were ushered in to meet their new colleagues, exchange salutations and move on to a rigorous schedule of workshops and programs.
Among their learning and breakout sessions, were topics that included Equity in Action: Having Courageous Conversations, Classroom Management and Professional Conduct, as well as resources and programs to help sustain professional growth. The Office of Organizational Development ensured every individual received support in areas needed for a successful launch of the school year and beyond.
Another one of the many highlights that filled the New Teacher Orientation schedule was lunch. They grabbed a bite, mixed and mingled, rekindled relationships and caught their breath before moving onto the next series of activities. During that time, all present were treated with a fun-filled raffle of prizes, provided by The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools through the generous giving of community partners and TABCO. Foundation Ambassadors provided over 120 gift bags filled with classroom resources ranging from pens, clips, coupons, mugs & phone charges to, gift certificates, gift baskets, a foot massager and a laminator.
As the last day came to a close, Deborah Phelps reflected, “It is quite clear that our community appreciates public education in Baltimore County and wants our teachers to be successful as they approach their new career. Through their tokens of generosity, be it large or small, it is evident that they care about our teachers who impact the lives of children daily!”
Thank you to the community partners listed below for their generosity and giving.
- Baltimore Blast
- Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
- Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Pikesville
- Charles Village Pub and Patio (CVP)
- Costa’s Inn
- First Financial Federal Credit Union
- Hot Spots Extended Care Programs
- Lakeshore Learning
- Loyola University
- Notre Dame of Maryland University
- Office Max/Office Depot
- Open Door Before and After School Care
- SwagDog Apparel & Promotional Products
- The Palisades of Towson
- Towson Chamber of Commerce
- Walden University