Class Notes: Teachers show they care for fellow teachers as well as their students

Collier County Public Schools’ teachers are known for working shoulder-to-shoulder in creating a welcoming learning environment for their students, and we have a great example to share. Lely Elementary School in East Naples is home to about 120 new students this year. As a result, they’ve had to hire several new teachers.

“As each new teacher arrived,” says Assistant Principal Libby Buck, “a legion of fellow teachers came to the rescue by helping to set up their classrooms, decorate them, and even share their own supplies to get things started. Bare rooms were transformed into magnificent classrooms full of wonderful investigations just waiting to be discovered.”

She stresses that “we are a family at Lely, and everyone here can expect to receive a helping hand from someone who is waiting with a smiling face, eager to help.” And the support doesn’t end once a classroom is readied. Veteran teachers serve as mentors, taking the “newbies” under their wing to make sure they are successful every step of the way. While I mention Lely Elementary School specifically, these are the kinds of things — the level of camaraderie — you’ll find at each of our 48 schools. Our teachers truly care about their students and their fellow teachers.

If you are the parent or guardian of one of our 43,000 students we’d like to hear from you. Parents tell us that communicating electronically, using email, works best. With that in mind, we’re asking you to share your email address with us so that we, in turn, can share information you need or want about your child’s school or his or her school district. When we need to reach you instantly, as would be the case in the event of weather-related school closings, having your email address is critically important.

With a couple of months left in the hurricane season, this is a timely reminder. Having your email address will also help us reach you when we have info to share in a school or school district newsletter. By now you’ve no doubt heard that communication is the passion of our new superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton. I know that she wants to communicate with you, and again, email seems to be the most efficient way to do just that.

Finally, here’s a special note to parents and guardians of our high school students. “College Night” is Thursday, Sept. 22. More than 100 college and university representatives will be on hand to answer your questions, between 4:30 and 7 p.m. this coming Thursday, in the Golden Gate High School gym (off Collier Boulevard at the end of Magnolia Pond Drive). Hope to see you there!

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Joe Landon is the executive director of the Communications Services department for the Collier County School District.

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