Chinooks Edge School Division Welcomes 37 New Teachers –


Chinook’s Edge School Division welcomed a large group of new teachers this week as part of the New Teacher Orientation Program.

The annual three-day orientation and mentorship program involves teachers who are either new to the profession or new to the division, and is generally considered to be one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in Alberta. It was developed to increase new teachers’ understanding of Chinook’s Edge culture and expectations.

Jessie Notley and Cali Wright are two new teachers who are already familiar with Chinook’s Edge culture. They grew up together in Olds, attended all three Chinook’s Edge schools and are now launching their teaching careers in the division at the same time.

“We’ve been bonded since kindergarten – we played ball together, graduated together from Olds High School in 2016 and graduated undergraduate at the same time from the University of Lethbridge,” said Cali, who went on to get her bachelor’s degree. of Education from the U of L last winter. “Now I teach harmony at my old school – I’ve been working at Deer Meadow School in Olds since last semester. Some of my own teachers are still there, so they’ve known me for a long time! I even taught my younger sister last spring. It’s definitely like coming home to me.

Both found it useful to forego the last days of summer to attend the session at the division office.

“People are sharing their knowledge and resources, and everyone I meet is so willing to help,” said Jessie Notley, a University of Calgary graduate last spring who will be teaching French at Cremona School. “As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher and I wanted to be a teacher at Chinook’s Edge. I can’t wait to have my own classroom and finally be able to meet my students! I really can’t wait.

By all accounts, this year’s group of new teachers is more than ready. “There’s a skill level within this group that impresses me so much,” said Jason Drent, associate superintendent of learning services. “They are skilled professionals and we can’t wait to see all the great things they will do to support our students.

“We put all new teachers in contact with a mentor for two years, so there is strong support and sharing of expertise in all our schools. It ensures the best learning for all students at Chinook’s Edge. As always, I am inspired by their energy, enthusiasm and excitement as they begin their careers and as we all begin a new school year together.

The first day of school for Chinook’s Edge students is Thursday, September 1.


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