Davis School District Celebrates New Teachers Ahead of School Year

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FARMINGTON — Hundreds of educators from the Davis School District walked through a kind of pep rally Tuesday — not for an upcoming game — but rather for the new school year.

The aim was to inspire new teachers.

This year, the Davis School District welcomes 300 new educators on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sidney Blair, who will begin her teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher in the district, said she was delighted.

Davis School District Elementary Mentoring Supervisor Allison Riddle agreed that if January can mark the start of a new year, so can August.

“It’s our start to the year,” Riddle said.

Cheerleaders, teachers holding signs and cheering, along with members of the student body and other community members gathered for the new local educators, who will soon begin their first days of school and change the students’ lives.

“It makes me feel so appreciated. So I really appreciate it,” said new sixth grade teacher Sara Mindenbowser.

“These teachers on the first day of school and the first week: they’re already invested,” Riddle said.

For Katie Himes, who will start as a first-grade teacher in second grade at Bolton Elementary School, that investment started years ago.

“Since I was young, I wanted to be a teacher. So me and my best friend used to teach in my basement. Big step forward!” said Himes.

From the classroom as young students, back to the classroom as students, they are now heading to schools as teachers.

“I think it’ll be nice not to bounce around with teaching and school now. It’ll be really nice to just focus on the classroom,” Mindenbowser said.

After the festive welcome, the new educators attended a keynote address, followed by briefings and inspiration for the district’s new education direction.

“We want them to leave confident and supported and know that people care about the work they do in their classrooms,” Riddle said.

Elementary educators participated in Tuesday’s orientation and secondary teachers will hold their orientation on Wednesday.

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