COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Schools students will see a lot of new faces this year. More than 200 of the 3,800 teachers in the district will be new this coming school year. That is about half of teachers replace last year after many school employees took advantage of an early retirement offer.
Those new teachers are about halfway through a four-day orientation at East High School on Broad Street.
NBC4 talked with several new teachers about why they chose the district.
The hallways and parking lot were crammed with teachers doing last-minute paperwork and preparing for breakout sessions. Some of the new teachers NBC4 spoke with are products of Columbus City Schools, a district that sometimes needs defending.
“Some people will be like ‘huh?'” said Larry Carey, a new Pre-K teacher at Trevitt Elementary. “Hey, it is great, we do great things there. I am a product of public schools. There are amazing teachers and amazing people there and, hey, we are changing the world.” He graduated from Eastmoor Academy in 2003.
Deandre Reaves graduated from Centennial High school in 2009. “I wouldn’t be here standing in front of you today if it wasn’t for Columbus City Schools…I had a rough upbringing and it was my middle school teachers that really took me under their wing and provided me with a route to something that was better than my neighborhood.”
Ross Shirley was one of his high school teachers.
“He was one of those students that I knew was just a great big ball of potential,” said Shirley.
Another first-year special ed. teacher said she came from Findlay via Bowling Green State University because of the city and school district.
“The reason I chose this district is because they are making a move to be inclusive, and my major is actually early inclusion and that stood out to me,” said Ali Schroeder.
Columbus City Schools has more than 51,000 children attending school their school district.
Columbus schools start on August 24, and one administrator advises new parents to enroll early to avoid long waits. Parents can also register their children online by visiting http://www.ccsoh.us/Enrollment.aspx