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TPS Welcoming nearly 300 new teachers this year

Posted: 6:32 PM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-13 09:34:31-04

TULSA — The first day of school is right around the corner.

This year Tulsa Public Schools has nearly 300 new teachers getting ready to welcome students, but a lot goes into planning that first day.

New 3rd grade teacher at Marian Anderson Elementary School, Mozella Dyer, is excited about getting to know the parents on the first day of school.

"Everybody comes from a different background so you need to know each student individually," Dyer said.

Dyer says building a relationship with her students and parents is a top priority for the first day of school.

First time high school science teacher Aaron Wenger says of everything he's learned he was most surprised about how TPS is investing in the well being of their students.

"This week we've talked about a lot of things, we've talked about social and emotional learning."

So addressing students needs for the content that we are teaching but also their needs as individuals and growing people.

He says a lot of what he learned this week is different from what he learned from his educational program.

"This indication session has really set me up to hit the ground running. a lot of good strategies pushing a lot of really important classroom procedures. really opening myself up to my students and allowing themselves to open up themselves to me," Wenger said.

The Vice President of Tulsa classroom teacher association, Shawna Mott-Wright, talked to the teachers about the struggles of last year and why this year will be different.

"The legislature is hearing loud and clear from parents, from PTA from our parent legislative action committees. from all sorts of groups and communities and even business leaders," Mott-Wright said.

Mott Wright says she hopes to continue to make change for the teachers of TPS.

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