Teachers worked over the summer to prepare classrooms and curriculum for the next school year over the summer.
Part of preparation for the school year is meeting with other teachers to share curriculum plans and expectations. Biology and chemistry teacher Cody Christopher met with biology teachers, going through and finalizing their curriculum. New counselor Ellen Dorsey met with college and career counselor Karen Verstraete about expectations, hours and start times. English department chair Kristin Moore met with the new English teacher and did personal development work for the gifted department.
Christopher prepared by looking at classes and getting new material. Christopher said he spent one or two days per week in the school. These were choices that Christopher independently made.
“The school doesn’t make us do anything. They actually are really good about us taking time to ourselves: spend time with family, friends,” Christopher said.
Moore planned individually by looking over changes to Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Moore also planned by improving upon last year’s curriculum and plans.
“I’m always planning for the next year: redoing things that I didn’t like the first time or changing something up for the next time or building more depth in something I’m already doing,” Moore said.
Christopher felt that balance was important in not working too many hours for preparations and expressed that Webster gives teachers enough time to enjoy summer.
“I had more free time than I did not. I still had an enjoyable summer. I did not feel like I spent too much time working and not enough time actually having my life outside of (school),”Christopher said.
This is Dorsey’s first year here. She officially started Aug. 1, two to three weeks before students would begin to start school. Dorsey did not need to work over the summer due to her unique position of being a new staff member.
“I did have to do a lot of new teacher meetings and training which is district wide, but that was all super helpful to get to know how Webster works,” Dorsey said.
Although different teachers spent different amounts of time working over the summer, teachers weren’t pressured by Webster to do work over the summer.
“Since I’ve been here at Webster, I’ve never felt like I’ve had to do too much. I’ve never felt that Webster has made it seem like I have to do a bunch of work over the summer,” Christopher said
“Summer work is always optional. It’s encouraged, and I do think it’s really beneficial. I think it’s really good for team building and I think it’s really good for kind of establishing a common place for the year, but they don’t require you to do any of it.” Moore said.
This will be Luca Giordano’s first year on ECHO Staff, but he also made several contributions while taking journalism class his junior year.
This will be Eleanor Kanerva’s first year on ECHO staff. They also made several contributions while taking journalism class their junior year.