Rookie educators prep for the school year at New Teacher Academy in Mercer County


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — New teachers in Mercer County got schooled on education strategies and classroom procedures at the Mercer County Technical Education center, where the New Teacher Academy prepared them for the upcoming academic year.

Stefanie Kapp, elementary academic and instructional coach, said the academy is open to brand new teachers or those who are new to Mercer County.

“This gives them some background on our county policies and what we expect of our teachers,” said Kapp.

Instructors provided a variety of teaching strategies and tips on big topics, which included classroom management and how to get along with parents.

Sarah Shrader, a second grade teacher at Memorial Primary, said she is learning ways to start off the new year on the right foot.

“So far, I’ve learned that it’s really important to establish the procedures the first day of school and to make sure to keep those routines going in order to have a successful year,” said Shrader. “Letting the students know what to expect… having a little bit of mystery and surprise to keep them on their toes, and keep them excited about their learning.”

The course connected new teachers, like Shrader, with mentors and information on who to call or ask whenever they have questions.

“It’s important for someone to have your back and be there to help you to give the students the best education that you can and the best opportunities,” Shrader said.

Upon completion, participants receive a certificate, which enables them to apply for transition or permanent certification in the future. It puts them a step closer to obtaining graduate credit or pay scale increases.

“For some teachers, it is important to do whatever they can to make ends meet,” Shrader said. “By doing these courses, it helps them grow as a teacher and it helps with the salary as well.”

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