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Nacogdoches ISD holds orientation for more than 100 new teachers

There are over 100 new teachers in the Nacogdoches Independent School District. The majority are first year teachers. (Source: KTRE Staff) There are over 100 new teachers in the Nacogdoches Independent School District. The majority are first year teachers. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches ISD is establishing a weekly meeting and mentoring program to ward off early burnout by first year teachers. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches ISD is establishing a weekly meeting and mentoring program to ward off early burnout by first year teachers. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches High School principal Dr. Michael O’Guinn is new to Nacogdoches ISD, but not new to education. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches High School principal Dr. Michael O’Guinn is new to Nacogdoches ISD, but not new to education. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Nacogdoches ISD, after a changing of the guard in top administration, has all but a few vacancies filled.  

Most of the over 100 new teachers are first-year teachers.

NISD plans to fight an alarming reality - "teacher burnout" for first year educators. New, primarily first-year teachers go through orientation. It's a day of information overload.

"Your computer could get a virus,” an orientation instructor told the new teachers.

Administrators are confident they'll retain it all.

"I love new teachers because they still have that energy level and motivation,” said Sandra Dowdy, Nacogdoches ISD’s interim superintendent.

That can often disappear by December. Yes, you heard right. December.

"Research has shown, especially around Christmas time, they begin to burn out, especially beginning teachers, because teaching is a hard profession as we told them this morning,” Dowdy said. “It's one of the hardest professions you can go into."

Nacogdoches ISD plans to ward off that early burnout with lots of communication.

Dr. Michael O'Guinn is new to Nacogdoches High School, but not to education. NHS’ new principal plans to follow the district wide effort to reach out to first year teachers.

"We have a wide array of new teacher activities that we are going to plan throughout the year where we meet with our new teachers once a week to give them an opportunity to ask us questions, give us some feedback on how things are going,” O’Guinn said.

Teacher burnout is widespread. One blog on teacher burnout prevention, written only in May, has had over 21,000 views and shared over 2000 times.

So far, first-year teacher Chance Bradford isn't seeking such advice. He thinks he's got it handled.  

"I'm not worried about that. I've taught before in internships and things like that,” Bradford said. “I've taught college, so I know this is what I want to do, so I'm not worried about burning out that fast."  

Just in case worry shows itself, mentors and administrators will be there to help.

There are some dates parents and students in Nacogdoches ISD may need to put on their calendars. Friday morning, Fish Camp will be held for entering freshman at Nacogdoches High School, and Meet the Teacher nights are set for next week each evening from Tuesday to Thursday.
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