WARREN, NJ - As part of its annual outreach to new staff members, Warren Township Schools held a two-day orientation program on Aug. 30 and 31, welcoming 28 new staffers for the 2017-2018 school year.
Organized by Mt. Horeb principal Scott Cook and Warren Middle School dean of students Max Achtau, the two-day orientation is part of the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP), a longstanding tradition in the school district to support new educators and other staff members.
“It has been a pleasure getting to know our new staff members over the past two days,” says Achtau. “The goals of the New Teacher Induction Program are: to make new staff feel welcome, let them know they are supported, and to help our new employees transition to Warren Township Schools by giving them the tools they need to be successful.”
“Taking part in welcoming and supporting our newest staff members is both exhilarating and inspiring for me,” adds Cook. “This year’s group has brought palpable energy, excellent experience, and was fully engaged in our two-day orientation. They are an awesome group who are destined for great things here in Warren.”
Twenty teachers, three paraprofessionals, three central office staff, one night custodian and one transportation driver are new to the district this year. During the orientation, the group took a bus tour of Warren Township, received technology training, met with their mentors and heard from various administrators on topics ranging from curriculum, classroom culture and regulations on harassment and bullying.
“It is essential to provide an opportunity for new-to-Warren staff members to get together prior to the start of the school to learn about our mission, the Whole Child approach to education here, to get to know their new colleagues and to learn about their schools and the community,” says superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle who spoke to the gathering about the Whole Child approach to education.
Cook and Achtau say results of a survey they issue at the conclusion of each day have been “quite positive.”
“What most impressed me [about the orientation] was the level of openness and support,” says Keith Robbins, who will teach fifth grade at Angelo L. Tomaso School. “It feels more like a family to know that I’ll be able to come to someone with a realistic problem and get a genuine answer.”
“There is always so much energy in the room when you have programs for new staff members,” adds Mingle. “That energy is contagious and pumps me up for the opening of school. It is one of my favorite events of the year.”
Warren Township students begin the new school year on September 7.
Photo #1 - New teachers, paraprofessionals and other staff receive a bus tour of Warren Township on Aug. 30 as part of a two-day orientation, part of a longstanding tradition in Warren Township Schools to support new educators and other staff members.
Photo #2 - Mentoring teachers join new staff members on Aug. 31 for Day 2 of a two-day orientation program to welcome new educators, paraprofessionals and other staffers to Warren Township Schools.
Photo #3 - Warren Township Schools superintendent Dr. Matthew Mingle speaks to new staff members about the Whole Child approach to education during a two-day orientation on Aug. 30 and 31.