New teachers welcome challenges of the first day of school
Students in Hamilton County headed back to school Wednesday morning, and Channel 3 caught up with some second graders East Ridge Elementary to get an inside look at their day.
In one classroom, first day jitters didn't skip anyone.
"I was really just nervous about meeting the kids, how everything is going to flow if it's going to flow naturally,” teacher Hailey Rapheal said.
It was Rapheal’s first day too. She joined the school as a second-grade teacher this year.
Thanks to supports like Hamilton County's New Teacher Academy, and the East Ridge administration, Rapheal felt ready to tackle the job.
"It feels really good to know that people do come and check on you and ask if you need anything, ask 'are you okay, can we support you,’” she said.
Rapheal told Channel 3 those supports are helping her build a classroom environment that teaches her students important skills.
"I think it's important that they're not talked at and they feel included in the decision making,” she said. “I think it's important for them to become a leader."
Still, the first day wasn't without hurdles.
"There's a lot of parents, they have questions, the kids have questions,” Rapheal said.
But once the dust settles and the day got underway, it was time to start working for the years ahead.
"I think they'll help me grow as a teacher too, to see what works, what doesn't work, and just fostering those important relationships with kids,” Rapheal said.