Mathews school employees take part in opening day convocation

Charlie Koenig - Posted on Aug 31, 2011 - 04:38 PM

Photo: Mathews County Public Schools welcomed a dozen new employees at last Thursday’s convocation at Mathews High School. Joining the staff are, front row from left, Janet Keith (custodian, Lee-Jackson Elementary), Jessica Larsen (first grade teacher, Lee-Jackson), Julia Edwards (Spanish teacher, Mathews High School), Diana Starzec (math teacher, MHS), Samantha Rozakis (special education teacher, Thomas Hunter Middle School), Rachel Morris (art teacher, MHS); back row, Robert Kincade (building trades, MHS), John Corrigan (English/remediation teacher, MHS), Jennifer Barker-Smith (technology teacher, MHS), Jennifer Jackson (special education teacher assistant, Lee-Jackson), Albert Green (MHS principal) and Lauren Lucier (second grade teacher, Lee-Jackson). Photo by Charlie Koenig

Mathews County Public Schools welcomed a dozen new employees at last Thursday’s convocation at Mathews High School. Joining the staff are, front row from left, Janet Keith (custodian, Lee-Jackson Elementary), Jessica Larsen (first grade teacher, Lee-Jackson), Julia Edwards (Spanish teacher, Mathews High School), Diana Starzec (math teacher, MHS), Samantha Rozakis (special education teacher, Thomas Hunter Middle School), Rachel Morris (art teacher, MHS); back row, Robert Kincade (building trades, MHS), John Corrigan (English/remediation teacher, MHS), Jennifer Barker-Smith (technology teacher, MHS), Jennifer Jackson (special education teacher assistant, Lee-Jackson), Albert Green (MHS principal) and Lauren Lucier (second grade teacher, Lee-Jackson). Photo by Charlie Koenig

Mathews County’s largest employer welcomed back its approximately 250 workers for the academic year last Thursday, as Mathews County Public Schools held its annual opening day convocation in the Mathews High School auditorium.

New employees reported to work on Monday, Aug. 22, with veteran staff members returning in time for last Thursday’s gathering. Like the students they often chide for doing the same thing, teachers and other school employees congregated in the far back seats, leaving the newly-hired all alone in the front row at the Harry M. Ward Auditorium.

The convocation began with the presentation of colors by members of Boy Scout Troop #124 and a performance of "God Bless America" by the division’s three music teachers—Theresa Larsen, Courtenay Smith and Anthony Filingim Jr.

In her welcome to the assembly, assistant superintendent Nancy Welch said that teachers should come to class armed with two questions—"What do I expect from my students?" and "How are we going to get them there?" The "we" in the second question, she said, refers to everyone, from teachers and teacher assistants to support staff, parents and the community at large.

We need to set high expectations for our students, she said, and use those expectations to guide the students’ progress.