On August 23, schools across Sioux City will be filled with new students, but they’ll also be filled with new teachers. The Sioux City School District is bringing in 60 new teachers for the new school year. For a lot of them, it’s their first teaching job and for about half of them, it’s a return to some of the same schools they attended.
“I’ve had lots of great teachers, support, all that.” said Emily Bock, a former East High School student who will be teaching math at East this year. “It’s great to come back to somewhere that you know. we’ve been through it and it’s such a great district to already so much about. And to be close to your family, it just adds that extra comfort for your first year.”
The group of new teachers met at North Middle School to go over policies and continue their summer-long training sessions designed to prepare them for their first year.
“Being on my own is definitely nerve-wracking,” said Hunt Elementary School teacher Madison Clausen. “But they give you a lot of training. I’ve learned lots in this new training and orientation to get me ready.”
“They’ve been awesome,” said Hanna Nikkel, a 9th grade English teacher at East High School. “I’ve met with teachers already at East High that i’m going to work with so they’ve given me some curriculum and helped me like walk me through the online things to help me prepare myself.”
New doesn’t always mean inexperienced. All of the teachers taught classes in college and some even worked as substitutes.
“I’m one of those people that if they need something, I’m going to do everything I can to get them where we need to be,” says Nikkel. “I’m going to give them that encouragement, that boost, to get them up to expectations.”
Thanks to their training, when school starts next week, these new teachers will be ready to provide a quality education for your kids.