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20 new teachers embark on ‘noble career’

Halifax County Public School administration welcomed 20 new teachers prior to the opening of the school year at its new teacher orientation program Aug. 7 and 8 held at the STEM Academy.

In the absence of Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon who was out of the country on vacation, Assistant Superintendent Valdivia Marshall led the program and gave welcoming remarks.

School Board Vice Chairman R. K. “Dick” Stoneman addressed the new educators telling them they all had “chosen a very noble career.”

“You’ve got to love it, and I’m sure you will,” he added.

Stoneman informed the teachers the school board’s main job is to make their job easier and to set policy, encouraging them to always go through the chain of command.

Also in attendance were board members ED-1 trustee Phyllis Smith, ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield and ED-8 trustee Walter Potts.

“I see some of my former students here, and I hope your experience is as rewarding as mine,” said a teary-eyed Satterfield.

Smith, who also has been in the teaching career for several years, said, “I have been there, done that and am still doing it. You have the most awesome career.”

Potts continued the pep talk saying, “With your support we can continue to be the best.” 

The Halifax Education Association provided those participating in the new teacher orientation with a continental breakfast. 

Following breakfast the teachers participated in sessions with administration throughout the day including such topics as the Halifax Education Association, starting out right, technology, instructional planning, the professional educator and collaborative instruction.