BRUNSWICK — The 2018 open house at Crestview Elementary School is now a thing of the past and the first day of school is just a weekend away. Emily Minor, Jennifer Scott and Lisa Vaughn provided some insight into what teachers do to prepare for the school year.
An open house for students and teachers was Thursday. Friday was a workday for teachers to get ready for the 2018-19 school year that starts Monday.
Scott has been teaching for 19 years and started her career as a reading intervention specialist. She moved to second grade 17 years ago.
Vaughn, who has been teaching for 13 years, also started her career as a reading intervention specialist. She moved to the second grade eight years ago. Minor began her teaching career in the second grade five years ago.
“For the first day of school, it really starts in May and then continues all summer,” Vaughn said about the planning process for the beginning of the school year.
The teachers said they met several times throughout the summer to discuss plans for school year and to make sure they were on the same page when it comes to lessons.
“Getting ready for the new year is just a lot of collaboration,” Minor said.
She said the group makes use of Google Docs and Google Calendar so that on days they can’t meet, they can still update each other on what they are working on.
When it comes to decorating and setting up classrooms, that is usually done over the summer before the school’s open house.
Scott said that many teachers will come up with a new idea for the classroom and shop for their supplies over the summer. The group agreed that they are fortunate to have a supportive Parent Teacher Association, which will help pay for certain items for the classroom. However, much of what they buy comes out of their own pocket.
Also, teachers have one eight-hour workday to come in and get as much done in their room as possible. Then, whatever work they have left over is done on their own time.
Despite the work and time that goes into preparing for the school year, the group agreed that they still get excited for the first day of school.
“You know when you were younger, the feeling you would get in your stomach?” Scott asked. “You know the butterfly feeling? The kids get that, but no matter how old you get or how long you do this, you still get that night-before feeling.”