Over 160 first-year employees attended the first “Glow and Grow”, a new event designed to offer additional support to all new employees in various roles throughout the Shelby County School District.
The event, held March 8 at the Shelby County Instructional Services Center, included both a morning and afternoon session so that employees could choose the most convenient time to attend. The only employees who didn’t attend were new bus drivers, who were off contract Friday due to students being out for the teacher workday.
“We designed this event to celebrate all first-year employees,” said Dr. Resia Brooks, Human Resources Supervisor. “We also wanted them to give feedback in order for us to continue to support them and future first-year employees. That feedback will help to better inform us so that we can better support them in the future.”
In addition to survey questions to gather that feedback, first-year employees were also asked to fill out a form listing one good thing that had occurred from their first year in their current position.
A science teacher from Helena Middle school said she loves that all of the people she works with are part of a team who have students success as a common goal.
“We all are able to plan and work together everyday,” the teacher wrote. “I have been so encouraged and supported this school year. I love that we meet to help all students succeed.”
Another teacher who came to Shelby County from another school district said she appreciated the warm welcome she received at her new school.
“I was worried coming from another school district as to how I would fit in with my new school family,” she said. “The transition from ‘newbie’ to ‘one of the family’ has been a very easy adjustment. Everyone has made me feel like a valuable part of the team.”
A Child Nutrition Program (CNP) worker shared that her job at Calera High School has been a blessing due to the wonderful people she has gotten to know.
“I also feel like I make an important impact in the lives of the students that I have met, and it is the most rewarding feeling that anyone could ever imagine.”