New teachers learn how to do thinking maps during teacher orientation at Rowland Unified School District.
It was their first day of school and they were so cute!
No, we're not talking about little first-graders, we're talking about big first-grade teachers.
New teachers were welcomed Aug. 13 by the Rowland Unified School District. Superintendent Maria Ott greeted the instructors as they arrived for a three-day orientation.
"One of the best investments we make as a district is in our teachers and staff. Every dollar we invest in them is a dollar well spent. We are proud that most come and stay, spending their entire careers with us," Ott explained.
District administrators met with the new instructors at Rincon Intermediate in West Covina. While many had already taught in other districts, it was the first teaching assignment for several.
"I'm a little scared, but I think teaching will be fun," said Rosana Guzman of Rowland Heights.
The young woman is a speech therapist.
Guzman will join Lilly Adamson of Diamond Bar.
"I worked in a private practice before, but I wanted to work with children in the schools," Adamson said.
Monica Gutierrez was looking forward to teaching third-grade at Northam Elementary in La Puente. This will be her third year of teaching.
"I had temporary positions in the La Habra City schools. I was lucky to get this permanent position in Rowland Unified," Gutierrez said.
The new instructors said it has been hard to find teaching jobs in this tough economy.
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