New Gwinnett teachers share insight and excitement
Mulberry ES kindergarten teacher Brandy Sproles isn’t new to teaching in Gwinnett, but after a break to stay home with young children, she’s headed back to the classroom. “I missed it, especially the beginning of the year,” says Ms. Spruill. “You’re getting excited; you have new, fresh faces.” First order of business for her new students? “The first thing we’ll do is read a great book, First Day Jitters.”
Those jitters aren’t just for students, though. Mirlene Georges Moreau, 1st grade teacher at Rockbridge ES, says she anticipates the new year with mixed emotions. “I’m excited and nervous at the same time, but more excited,” she says about her move to a new state and meeting new people.
Relocating from elsewhere in metro Atlanta, Angela Cooks, 7th grade math teacher at Berkmar MS, says Gwinnett and GCPS had everything she and her husband needed to make the move. “We had our checklist of non-negotiables, and Gwinnett County checked off on everything.”
Rafael Fernandez, a media specialist/science teacher at GIVE Center West, moved with his wife from Miami. “We’re extremely excited. The support has been incredible. Every time you turn, somebody’s there to help you out.”
The supportive tone set at this year’s New Teacher Orientation also provided affirmation for Clifford Cephas, a new math teacher at Berkmar HS. The system’s network of support has made a strong impression. “Even if you’re lost, you can get found if you just holler, and I think somebody’s listening for the holler,” he says.
For Shiloh HS graduate Raquel Lanier, teaching 3rd grade at Shiloh ES and starting the school year in Gwinnett will be her homecoming. “I’m now doing my teaching in the cluster in which I went to school,” Ms. Lanier says. “I can’t wait for the first day of school.” She plans to give her students what she received in GCPS— a great education and a lot of love.