PWCS Poised to Welcome Over 800 New Teachers
Posted on 08/16/2016
Teacher in classroom

Prince William County Public School officials project that they will hire 875 teachers and counselors this fall. These new educators will participate in a two-day orientation and induction program—a conference on August 18 at Freedom High School and an orientation at their schools on August 19. A third day of professional development will take place in October.


The conference will focus on the information teachers need to know about the School Division, including how to access support and resources they will need to prepare for the first day and week of school. The PWCS teacher orientation and induction program is underwritten by Apple Federal Credit Union (AFCU) Education Foundation and sponsored by the PWCS Department for Human Resources and the Office of Professional Learning.


“This is always an exciting time for us,” said Amy White, director of Human Resources. “Our teachers are committed to making a difference in the lives of students. They are so full of energy and excitement when they come together and meet other new teachers.”


The School Division’s induction program provides all teachers and counselors new to PWCS professional growth opportunities throughout the year that promote student achievement and teacher success. The program aims to build a support system for these new staff members as they are faced with the diverse learning needs of students. Teachers and counselors will receive ongoing support from their school principal, lead mentor, and mentor.


“Our mutual understanding of the critical need to invest in the success of new teachers has resulted in our now seven-year grant of over $600,000 to the “PWCS Connect” new teacher induction program,” said AFCU Education Foundation Executive Director Steve Sengstack. “Our Foundation is proud to partner with Prince William County Schools to provide this excellent program.”