Teachers get acquainted with new students, jobs
Adele Emershaw, the fifth-grade teacher, was moving to administration, Michael Bergin, the kindergarten and band teacher, was transferring to fifth-grade and Jane Medici, the high school math teacher, was returning to Fletcher Walker Elementary to teach the kindergarten class. Taylor Street was hired as a long-term substitute to teach math.
To make the transition easier art instructor, Jacquie Cordova, suggested they have a ceremony to include all teachers and students involved. Since it was scheduled during lunch pizza was served.
Activities took place in the kindergarten room at Fletcher Walker and as students and teachers gathered Cordova announced that students had five minutes to say goodbye to their old teachers. She then gave them five minutes to welcome their new teacher. Children received balloons at the event and teachers a bouquet of flowers.
Cordova said she got the idea for the transitioning party from God. It was a way to make change less difficult.
According to Henry Bietz, superintendent of Westwood School District and principal of Westwood High and Fletcher Walker Elementary, the changes were made because Emershaw was diagnosed with nodes on her vocal chords and must talk as little as possible to help them heal. Therefore she is being moved into administration as an assistant principal. Currently she is working on the second tier of her administrator’s credential through the Shasta County Office of Education.
Bergin will continue to teach band in the afternoon. To make this possible, Louise Biggs, who teaches at the Westwood Community Day School, will teach the fifth-graders in the afternoon. Medici will go to the Community Day School to teach math, covering Biggs absence.
Bietz said he is still working on a plan of how to split principal duties with Emershaw.
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