by Terry Rogers
This week, 38 new teachers arrived to begin their journey with Milford School District, taking part in new teacher orientation. One of the highlights of the week was a bus tour of Milford, offering the new arrivals a chance to see the town and learn more about the area.
“This year’s new teachers bring a wealth of experience and expertise,” Dr. Jason Peel, Director of Human Resources and School Climate, said. “We want the new teachers to know where our students come from, be knowledgeable about our communities as well as important landmarks.”
The teachers were shown their way around the district by Dr. Peel who was assisted by Tina Hill. Her husband, Marvin, drove the bus that carried the new teachers around the district.
“The district came to us and asked us to do it,” Mrs. Hill said. “I think last year was the first year they did this and it was a lot of fun. It is kind of neat because it gives the new teachers a feel for the district. Not only does it give them a great view of our district, it also gives them bus-riding experience. It would only be better if there were kids on the bus to give them a real feel for what we do each day.”
The teachers were taken past the Boys & Girls Club, Abbotts Mill Nature Center and the Slaughter Beach pavilion. In addition, the bus rode by the six district schools and visited the communities of Houston, Williamsville and Lincoln. Not all of the teachers enjoying the tour of the city were new to teaching. Cindy Alicea came to Milford when her husband got a job in the area this year.
“This is my tenth year teaching,” Alicea, who came to Milford from the Washington DC area, said. “I will be teaching first grade Spanish immersion at Ross this year. Although I have been teaching for ten years, this is the first time I will be teaching in Spanish.”
Jenny Bostic came to Milford from Germantown, MD and will begin her career as a counselor at Mispillion Elementary School. As soon as she graduated from college, she began working for a non-profit organization at the Milford Central Academy. She left that position for a while, but enjoyed the community so much she decided to apply when a position opened up at Mispillion. Bostic said that it was an easy decision as she loves the Milford area and was looking forward to the tour.
“I had the opportunity to tour this spring as part of a Penn State program,” Olivia Aten from Pittsburgh, PA, said. “I looked at the high school Ag program and I fell in love with the area. This will be my first year teaching.” Aten will be teaching Ag Science at the Milford Central Academy this year.
Griffin McWilliams, who will teach 7th and 8th grade science at the Milford Central Academy moved to the Fenwick Island area from Laurel, MD.
“My family has been going to the Fenwick Island area for years,” McWilliams said. “I knew that I wanted to be on this side of the Bay Bridge at some point. I came to Milford because I love the small town feel of the area. Before coming to Milford, I taught for two years in Harford County, Maryland. It will be different going from a district with 20 high schools to a district with just one.”
The first day of school for Kindergarten, first, sixth and ninth grades is August 29 in order to allow the students to acclimate to their new schools. All other grades start on September 3.
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