LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams greets teachers and staff at the New Educator Orientation Aug. 11.
Loudoun County Public Schools gave new teachers the red carpet treatment Aug. 11 for their new educator orientation.
“Teachers deserve the red carpet treatment for the important work they do,” LCPS Superintendent Eric Williams said.
More than 800 new teacher hires descended on John Champe High School to hear remarks from special guests such as Williams and Loudoun County School Board Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) and orient themselves with the values and goals of LCPS and Loudoun County.
Motivational speaker Ron Culberson and LCPS Teacher of the Year Kathleen Thompson also imparted wisdom on the new teachers, including to be the best version of themselves, ask for help when needed and set high expectations.
“Even though you’re going to encounter challenges in life, when you’re not in the midst of a challenge, embrace the moment, embrace your experience because that will be the very thing that balances out the challenges,” Culberson said.
Fifty-four percent of the new hire class this year hold masters degrees and 1 percent hold doctorate degrees. Fourteen new teachers indicated military experience.
Fifteen percent of new hires are also graduates of Loudoun County Public Schools — 18 Broad Run High School, 17 graduates from Stone Bride High School, 11 graduates from Potomac Falls High School, 10 graduates from Loudoun Valley High School, nine graduates each from Heritage High School and Park View High School, seven graduates from Loudoun County High School, five graduates each from Briar Woods High School and Dominion High School, four graduates from Freedom High School, three graduates from Tuscarora High School and two graduates from Woodgrove High School
“We worked hard to recruit the best,” Morse said.
Local community businesses sponsored the orientation event, with 42 donating $266,585 worth of coupons and door prizes to the new teachers, LCPS Public Information Officer Wayde Byard said. This included a variety of objects such as teacher supplies, gym memberships offered up by three different local gyms and food coupons for free or discounted food at local restaurants.
Loudoun County Government agencies also participated. The Office of Elections is coming so new teachers could register to vote. The public libraries also offered library cards and Loudoun County Office of Housing answered questions about the affordable housing program.
Classes begin in LCPS on Aug. 24.