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Albemarle Schools Welcome First-Year Teachers

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Taryn Johnson prepares her classroom Taryn Johnson prepares her classroom

Students in Albemarle County may be feeling the jitters as they get ready to go back to school. It's much the same for new teachers preparing to kick off to the school year.

Taryn Johnson, a University of Virginia graduate, is getting ready to go back to school - this time, as a teacher.

"I really enjoy being a student and I love learning so that's why I'm in the perfect profession where I get to keep on learning and getting kids excited about learning," said Johnson.

Johnson has spent hours stocking supplies and decorating her classroom – "Ms. Johnson's Jungle." For the first time, she's leading the pack.

"Student teaching - I learned a lot from my teacher and I really felt a part of that classroom community but now to be the one in charge and the one taking care of all these kids is going to be a great experience," said Johnson, who student taught in Albemarle Schools. 

Broadus Wood Principal Kendra King says the first year of teaching comes with its share of challenges.

"The biggest challenge is that they don't know the building, they've had practice with students, and they've had practice with resources and actual instructions and doing assessments and doing creative projects, but where do I find the materials? Who knows what in the building?" said King.

But King says new teachers offer something special to the community.

"They bring the new energy to schools, they remind us all of that passion, the new research, the new ideas that they bring - but that's also just that compassion to get down on your hands and knees and really connect with students," said King.

And after a lifetime of education and a warm welcome from Broadus Wood staff, she says, "I feel like I already have a home here and I've only been here a couple weeks."

Johnson says she's ready to meet her first class. King says her best advice for new teachers is slow and steady wins the race.

Johnson and three other new teachers at Broadus Wood kick off their careers in the classroom on Wednesday.

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