Teachers gearing up for return of students

First Posted: 8/21/2009

Happy New Year!
While this is a phrase most commonly heard around the first of January, it is also appropriate for teachers at the end of August as classes get back underway.
Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent, welcomed teachers and faculty members back to the Mount Airy City School System during Friday mornings convocation.
During the event, teachers were asked to have a good attitude, to make their school like a family and to inspire their students every day in order to make the school system a success.
Ben Cooke, a Mount Airy High School graduate from the class of 1989, was one of the speakers at the event, taking the time to speak of the impact teachers had on his life and the many familiar faces he remembers who are still serving the school system.
I want to thank you for the effort you put in to making sure each child has the possibility to succeed, he said.
Chad Beasley, the 2008-09 Principal of the Year for the school system, took that message one step further, asking teachers to work to inspire their students every day.
Teachers constantly work to inspire their students. The key to that inspiration is enthusiasm, he said. First, you learn it, second, you have to love it and, third, you live it. If you want to inspire, youve got to believe.
Hartness even took the message further asking teachers to give everything each day.
We want to put everything weve got into educating these kids every day because we dont know what the next day brings, he said. Every one of our students deserves to know what their strengths are and what they need to do next. We have to connect what were teaching in the classroom to what is relevant in their lives.
The teachers received a treat as one of their own, Dennis France, a teacher at Mount Airy Middle School, sang the Star Spangled Banner to open up the event.
Savannah Mumford, a sophomore at Mount Airy High School, also sang at the event, inspiring the teachers with humor in a version of I Will Survive. It was written from a students perspective, warning teachers that we will arrive.
Hartness also commended faculty members on last years accomplishments, including end-of-grade and end-of-course test results, graduation rates and the results of the teacher-working-conditions survey conducted by the school system, and expressed his confidence that the standard of excellence will continue this year.
You have turned heads in this community, he said.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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