LOCK HAVEN — With light energy and full of encouragement, Robb Elementary School Principal Tyler Barth welcomed teachers back from their summer break to begin the 2022-2023 school year.
Teachers attended meetings Thursday morning in preparation for the upcoming school year. Students will be back in class on Wednesday, August 31.
Hallways and bedrooms are decorated so that classes start and are ready for students on Thursday morning.
The teachers waiting to start their day were full of excitement and contentment.
A breakfast was offered to them at the library before the start of their meeting and morning activities.
After breakfast, everyone gathered downstairs to prepare for their morning meeting.
“I’m really excited. I can’t wait to see my kids again,” said special education teacher, Jacque Newlen.
Speaking on the topic of teacher shortage, she said: “It’s so sad actually because I always wanted to be a teacher. I always thought there would be more people who would, but there aren’t that many anymore. Newlan spoke about the current shortage of teachers.
Barth introduced the new staff joining Robb while talking about the start of the new school year. Two student teachers from the University of Lock Haven will also join them for their final semester.
“I’m thrilled to finally be able to put into practice what I’ve learned throughout college and just build relationships with my teacher and the students in our class. I will be graduating in December, so I can find a job easily and have lots of options,” Tara Reese, a student teacher at the University of Lock Haven, said.
“Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a tough battle”, Barth reminded the teachers. He encouraged teachers to apply it to students and to each other.
Barth led the staff in various exercises such as advice on lesson planning and fun activities to help teachers start their year.
They then listened to a welcome video from KCSD Superintendent Dr. Jacquelyn Martin, followed by a speech by Dr. Bill Dagget.
Dagget, is the founder of the International Center for Educational Leadership (ICLE). Educators around the world recognize Dagget, the creator of the Rigor/Relevance Framework, for his proven ability to lead school reform and help K-12 educators effectively prepare students for the future.
He spoke with encouraging and motivating words for teachers starting the new school year.
Martin, who was touring all the KCSD schools, stopped to visit the principal and teachers.
“At Keystone Central, our goals going forward for the school year are to continue our work to be a school district focused on the future of education so that we can provide students with an education that will prepare them for their future and not to our past. Additionally, one of the key elements to being a future-focused school district is increasing the level of student engagement throughout the school year with every child, every day. We are embarking on other ways to keep the student at the center of learning and ensure the student is co-author of their own learning journey,” said Martin.