New Acadia teachers attended orientation program
CROWLEY – Acadia Parish recently hosted its Seventh Annual New Teacher Induction and Orientation Program at the Acadia Parish School Board Media Center.
First year teachers in Acadia Parish spent three days learning about a variety of pertinent topics, including effective teaching techniques, classroom management and parent involvement.
On the first day of the induction program, the new teachers were greeted by Superintendent John E. Bourque, who emphasized the importance of the teaching profession along with the need to reach all students where they are and bring them up to the level where they need to be. After Mr. Bourque’s greeting and message, Mrs. Ellan Baggett, personnel supervisor, welcomed the new teachers and introduced the Acadia Parish School Board supervisors and school board members who were in attendance at the welcoming breakfast.
Throughout the three days, workshops were led by the induction team that consisted of Linda Stemplewski, Acadia Parish School Board Instructional Facilitator; Marlene Courvelle, assistant principal at Armstrong Middle School; Rachel Courville, APSB reading coach, Stephanie Hebert, APSB reading coach and Kristal Vilardo, teacher at South Crowley Elementary.
On the morning of the third day, the teachers were sent out to visit model classrooms, hosted by Josie Fontenot of North Crowley, Gwen Foreman of Martin Petitjean, Fronda Howard of Crowley Kindergarten, Theresa Simoneaux of Armstrong Middle, and Charlotte Cope of Crowley High.
The teachers were treated to breakfast and lunch each day courtesy of donations from Rice Palace and P. J.’s, of Crowley; Louisiana Association of Educators, and Sheriff Wayne Melancon.
At the end of the three days, the teachers were able to leave with a wealth of useful information to make the upcoming year run more smoothly. Through the very generous donations of parish merchants and vendors of the Acadia Parish School Board, every teacher was presented with a teacher bag (donated by Lafayette Schools’ Federal Teacher Credit Union) filled with very useful teacher items. Door prizes were also presented at this time.
The Acadia Parish School Board would like to take this time to thank the following donors for their generous contributions that helped to make the New Teacher Induction successful: Acadia Parish Tourist Commission, CDWG, Lowe’s (Crowley), Frog City Travel Plaza (Rayne), Park Street Fast Lube (Crowley), Tech Depot, Teachers’ Pet (Crowley), Foret’s Furniture (Iota), Office Depot, Lafayette Schools’ Federal Teacher Credit Union, Healthworks Gym, Inc. (Crowley), LAE, Rice Palace (Crowley), Kwick Stop (Church Point), Crowley Flower Shop, P.J.’s Grill (Crowley), Fezzo’s (Crowley), Southern Tire & Appliance (Crowley), Old Tyme Café (Crowley), Donut Queen (Crowley), Sheriff Wayne Melancon, Sadie’s Flower Shop (Rayne), A+PEL, Crowley Financial Institutions, Rayne Diner, City of Rayne, Dell Computers, and Courvelle Toyota.