Sunday, October 12, 2014

Beginning Teacher Tuesdays!

I have created a new program for the newest teachers at my school (SVMS) in partnership with local restaurants.
Mentoring/nurturing new teachers is one of my educational passions.  In an effort to support these individuals, I have devised a gathering session called Beginning Teacher Tuesdays.


  • The program is open to all SVMS Beginning Teachers in their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Years of teaching.
  • Veteran teachers who are brand new to SVMS are invited to attend.
  • This is a great way to orient these individuals to SVMS and the profession.
  • Typically, the meetings convene on the 1st Tuesdays of every month.
  • Time Frame – 2:45 PM until 3:45 PM
  • Teachers are able to clock 10 additional contact hours throughout the year.
  • Light Lunch
    • Donations and/or discounts provided by our business partners.
  • Guest Speakers
    • Central Services Personnel
    • Principals
    • Teachers from SVMS as well as other schools
    • Retired Teachers
  • Article Discussion
    • Articles read prior to the meeting in order to maximize time for discussion.
  • Open Discussion
    • Participants are able to pose relevant questions and matters for rich conversation.
  • Friendly Feedback
    • Beginning Teachers observe at least one other BT every month. During this segment, the BT’s share positive and constructive feedback with one another.
  • Curriculum Carryout
    • Each meeting, curriculum tidbits are shared.
  • Suggestions for the Next Meeting
    • Suggestions dictate and drive the tone and topics of the next meeting.

Here are some photos from our first extravaganza!  We had a fantastic time!


Great way to develop relationships!

Eager Participants!

Prepared Individuals!

Attentive Listeners!

Great Food!

Good food after a long day!

Food Donated by Sonic and Firehouse Subs!

Ready to learn and eat!

Eating while we work!

Shauna Cale (6th Grade Teacher/Administrative Intern) preparing for her presentation!

Aritia Smalls from New Century International Middle School related Diary of a Spider to navigating the school experience as a teacher!

Keepsake for our Beginning Teachers!
Ms. Spearman (LEAD Success Contact Person for SVMS)!

Active Engagement!
Great Conversations!
Mrs. Kehoe (Principal of SVMS) offers support! 

Shauna Cale discussed how to entice students in poverty!

Consultation!
Collaboration!
Human Timeline!
Sharing Practical Advice!



2886 Hope Mills Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28306
(910) 426-4934

5590 Camden Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28306
(910) 425-9648

I cannot wait until our next gathering on Tuesday, November 18th!