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New Teacher Academy 2003 is attended by 110

August 11, 2003

More than 100 new teachers reported to their first official day of work with Washington County Public Schools as the New Teacher Academy 2003 got under way last week at Hagerstown Community College.

The academy expands time for new teachers from two half-days to eight full days of training and orientation to Washington County and its school system.

Patricia Abernethy, deputy superintendent, opened the academy and provided an overview of the week. She recognized the nearly 110 teachers at the morning session.

According to the school system's Human Resources Department, more than 50 of the new teachers have previous teaching experience, seven were with the county school system in some capacity last year and 51 are just beginning their teaching careers.

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During the opening session, Elizabeth Morgan, superintendent of schools, welcomed the new teachers and introduced Board of Education members and key staff members to the group. She said this year's new teachers would experience many "firsts."

"This is an era of change for the Washington County Public Schools," Morgan said. "We have challenges ahead, but there will be much support to help you each achieve."

Mentor resource teachers are an integral part of the support system for new teachers. Denise Fry, Adair Eves and Jeanne Ecton, mentor resource teachers, were part of the opening activities for the academy and were to spend eight days with the teachers. The three veterans believe the additional time for the new teachers will give them resources for both their professional and personal lives this year.

Guy Altieri, president of Hagerstown Community College, welcomed the group to HCC and Washington County during the opening session. Other guest speakers included Claude Sasse, president of the Washington County Teachers Association, and Bernadette Wagner, president of the Washington County Board of Education.

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