District welcomes 19 new teachers during annual New Teacher Orientation

The teachers will begin their careers at Washington Township public schools for the 2017–18 school year

Washington Township Superintendent of Schools Joe Bollendorf and his administrative team welcomed 19 new teachers during the district’s annual New Teacher Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Following a video introducing the new staff to the district, Bollendorf congratulated the group and offered words of encouragement.

“You should all be very proud of yourselves for being here before us today,” Bollendorf said. “You have gone through a very rigorous process. No matter if you are new to the profession or are joining us from a different district, we are happy that you are starting a new life with us in Washington Township. Never forget the importance of making connections and fostering relationships with your students. Your classroom should be one students enjoy coming to simply because they know that you care…Do not lose sight of the child in front of you. You will make a difference in their life.”

The group also received an overview from Source4Teachers district manager Brian Engle who explained how to arrange for substitute coverage in their classrooms. They also met with representatives from the Washington Township Education Association before moving on to mentor training and building orientations.