MVSD is excited to add 60 new certificated staff members to its family for the 2016-17 school year. The new members of Team Mt. View, including teachers, counselors and school psychologists were welcomed to the District at the New Teacher Orientation Meeting held August 15. The information-packed meeting helped acquaint them with MVSD’s standards, policies, programs and core values.
“Welcome to Mountain View,” said Lillian Maldonado French, Superintendent. “We are so pleased to have you join our Mountain View family. Whether you’re a first time teacher or one with experience, know that you have incredible partners in your journey at your school site with your administrators and colleagues and here at the District office. We are all here to support you and want you to be successful as you impact and influence our students.”
The large number of new educators was a welcome site, since over the last several years school districts throughout the state have experienced drastic funding cuts and decreases in staffing. Maldonado French shared that it is exciting and wonderful to see the staff growing again.
Welcoming the new educators, MVSD Board of Education President, Adam Carranza shared that they have the Board of Education’s full support.
“The Board is here to support you to meet our goal of transforming our students’ lives,” said Carranza. “Our students and families are the inspiration and hope for what we want to do as a school district and our efforts to provide them access to education is something that is dear to our hearts. As a former student and employee, I can tell you it truly is a family here in MVSD and we are very excited to have you on our team.”
Dr. Michelle Harold, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services provided an overview of the District and introduced District administrators and Laura Gaber, the president of the teachers’ union. Each new educator received a large handbook full of resources to help them throughout the school year. The handbook outlines a month to month guide for the first year in the classroom and includes several materials to assist in planning. They also received the book, The First Days of School – How to be an Effective Teacher.
Veteran MVSD teachers, Anna Marie Mezin-Williams and Doug Jones provided tips on effective classroom management, information on the California Standards and strategies for working with English Language Learners, special education students, as well as ideas for effective lesson planning throughout the school year.
“This is my 30th year teaching in Mountain View and you will find there is phenomenal support in this District. It is overwhelming to be a new teacher but we are here to help you so don’t ever hesitate to call or reach out. I love teaching and you are on an adventure that will be nothing but enjoyable,” said Mezin-Williams.
First year teacher, George Berruecos who will be teaching Physical Education at Maxson, Baker and Voorhis is excited to start the school year.
“The new teacher orientation and professional development we’ve been provided has been awesome. I’m happy to be in Mountain View and it is a District that really cares about physical education and wellness. I’m looking forward to getting started and meeting my students,” said Berruecos.
Sandra Jones is returning to MVSD where she worked as an instructional assistant and IMC clerk while working on her teaching credential. She taught in another district before coming back to MVSD this year. She will be an RSP (Resource Specialist Program) teacher at Madrid Middle School and Magnolia Learning Center.
“I’m really excited about the school year and really looking forward to it. The meetings and information provided has been great and I feel like I have all the support I need to have a great year,” said Jones.