Welcome New Educators!
The start of every school year is special, but this is even more so. For the first time, you're not the student, but the teacher. Or the counselor. Or one of the many other adults who are part of the team who educates our kids.
People who work in education often say they have a calling or passion for the work. Whether you are a classroom teacher, other certificated staff or an Education Support Professional, you came to this profession because you believe in the promise our youth and public education.
As you begin your first year in your new job, your passion, as well as your training, will carry you a long way. It’s also really important for you to know you are not alone as you navigate these first months and years on the job.
WEA, alongside NEA, is dedicated to helping you through the start of your career. We've asked veteran teachers what advice they wished someone had given them when they were just starting out. Here’s a sampling of those messages. We’ll share more throughout the year.
Veteran teacher Linda Myrick offers advice to first year educators.
Elementary teacher Brianna Beach shares how she learned - the hard way - on her first year on the job.
Office Manager Yolanda Boyd-Purcell encourages new educators to ask questions.
High school teacher Adam Aguilera shares advice about connecting with students.