Last week, Halifax County Public Schools welcomed 36 new teachers. Participating in new teacher orientation are (first row from left) Lisa Long, director of elementary education and professional development, Sara Noblin, Michelle Palmore, Shannon Bird, Kiara Branch and Valdivia Hall, assistant superintendent; (second row from left) LeAnn Creasy, Taylor Jones, Jennifer Berneche, Jennifer Compton, Julie Garrenton, Sunshine Martin and Megan Throckmorton; (third row from left) Jerrikqua Owen, Ellen Crowder, Nicole Clem, Jasmine Sims, Whitney Davis and Ryan Harris; (fourth row from left) James Holt, Jeffrey Williams, Sebastian Taylor and Ron Lipscomb; (fifth row from left) Bridget Bowman, Mandy Flowers, KaNiece Featherston and Jared Cabaniss; (sixth row from left) Ed Long, JB Wilborn, Tanya Oliver and Samantha Clark. Not pictured are Christopher Carmichael, Yamale Pamplin, Sylvia Seamons, Kassie Myers, Matilda Martin,Casey Cei and Courtney Bell.

Last week, Halifax County Public Schools welcomed 36 new teachers.

The beginner/new teacher orientation was held in the library at the Halifax County Middle School on Thursday. 

Sandra Coleman, vice-chairman of the Halifax County School Board, welcomed all. 

Valdivia Hall, assistant superintendent, introduced the new employees. 

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg greeted all and shared words of encouragement. 

Break out sessions were held during the morning.

Director of special education Martha Brizendine led discussion on professional dress understanding IEPs, or individualized education plans, and 504s.

Director of technology and testing Dr. Jeanie Hawks presented information on technology and school safety.

Director of elementary education and professional development Lisa Long led a session “Successful Tips for New Teachers.”

Following lunch, elementary principals Kacey Whitt and Katy Pool, led professional development on student engagement to new elementary teachers and secondary principals, Dawn Miller, Frank Shealy and Michael Lewis, presented to their new teachers on the same topic. 

On Friday, new employees worked with their mentors in their classroom. 

“Our division is excited to have these educators to join our team,” said Long.