Jimalyn Egonino, 6, will enter the first grade t Carters Valley Elementary School and will depend on a team effort from her, her parents and her teachers for a productive school year. Erica Yoon photo.
Every year, it happens.
Summer winds down and back-to-school jitters take over. Students nervously return, wondering who their teachers will be, what their expectations are and how to start the new year off on the right foot — and stay there. Believe it or not: Teachers get those same butterflies, too.
“I still can’t sleep on the night before the first day!” said Kennedy Elementary School teacher Nancy Burleson. “But after that first day, when all the unknowns are answered, and the dust settles just a bit, the real challenge begins.”
For educators, that challenge is taking each child from where he or she is to the point where he or she can be. It’s no easy task, to be sure. But, contrary to what some believe, teachers really do want to see students succeed.
We found it when more than 40 local teachers from three different school systems took time out of their last few days of summer break to offer parents and students some advice on how to make the most of the new year.
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