Jefferson City School District welcomes more than 100 new teachers

Several teachers were welcomed to the Jefferson City School District Wednesday. (Kyreon Lee/KRCG 13)

School will be back in session next week and the Jefferson City School district is prepared to welcome new faces.

On Wednesday, a luncheon at the Capitol Plaza Hotel honored more than 100 new teachers. Jefferson City Public Schools Superintendent Larry Linthicum introduced the new teachers.

"To become a premiere school district means hiring great folks," Linthicum said.

Arlicia Franklin, a graduate of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, is a second-year teacher but is new to the district at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Franklin will be teaching seventh grade English and Language Arts.

She said one of her goals is to be in sync with the school district.

"I want to make sure these students are reading at or above the grade level," Franklin said.

She said her desire for teaching began in eighth grade with one of her teachers who led her to her love of reading.

"Reading is definitely fundamental and with my love and passion for reading writing makes me want to express this to my students and help them be all they can be and reach their full potential," she said.

Franklin said she wants her relationships with her students and parents to be trusting and transparent.

"I'm ready to rock-and-roll and hit the ground running," she said.

Hannah Lenger, a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, said no other school district made her feel as welcome as Jefferson City's did.

"I feel like I'm at home now," she said.

Lenger will be teaching first graders at Moreau Heights Elementary.

"It's going to be a year of reading and writing for sure," Lenger said.

She said she wants her students to know that she is on their side always.

"They will have to put in the work, but it's going to be fun," she said.

With all different backgrounds and experience levels, each teacher is prepared to add positively to a child's learning.

"Being able to nurture a young mind is so important to me," Lenger said.

The event sponsored by the Jefferson City Rotary Club has been going on for more than a decade.

Jefferson City Public Schools Teacher of the year for 2018-2019 Jana Forck had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the event.

Forck took a unique route and made a presentation using movie quotes to get encourage the newcomers. She named her presentation "Teaching is Like a Movie."

She opened up with a fun, interactive game that all the teachers could participate in. A trivia game called "Kahoot" gave the teachers a test of their own.

"You have entered into the most amazing job," Forck said.

She said it can be tough, but it's the most rewarding experience.

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