BACK TO SCHOOL

Davis School District celebrates new teachers ahead of school year

Aug 9, 2022, 1:40 PM | Updated: Aug 17, 2022, 11:28 am

FARMINGTON, Utah — On Tuesday, hundreds of Davis School District educators made their way through a pep rally of sorts — not for an upcoming game or something along those lines, but rather for the new school year.

The goal was to inspire new teachers.

This year, Davis School District is welcoming 300 new educators Tuesday and Wednesday.

Sidney Blair, who will start her teaching career as a fourth-grade teacher in the district, said she is excited.

Davis School District Elementary Mentor Supervisor Allison Riddle agreed that while January may signal the start of a new year, August does too.

“It’s our start to the year,” Riddle said.

Cheerleaders, teachers holding signs and clapping, as well as student body members and others in the community gathered for the new, local educators, who will be taking on their first days of school soon and changing students’ lives.

“It makes me feel so appreciated. I really appreciate it,” said new sixth-grade teacher Sara Mindenbowser.

“These teachers on the first day of school and the first week: they already are invested,” Riddle said.

For Katie Himes, who will start as a first-year teacher teaching second grade at Bolton Elementary School, that investment started years ago.

“Since I was young, I wanted to be a teacher. So me and my best friend used to teach in my basement. A big step up!” said Himes.

From the classroom, back to the classroom, this time, these students turned teachers will be the ones up front.

“I think it will be nice to not bounce with teaching and school. It’ll be really good to just focus on the classroom,” said Mindenbowser.

Following the celebratory welcome, the new educators sat in on a keynote, followed by informational and inspirational sessions for the district’s new education orientation.

“We want them to leave confident and supported and know that people care about the work they do in their classrooms,” said Riddle.

Elementary educators took part in Tuesday’s orientation, and secondary teachers will hold their orientation on Wednesday.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Back to School

A school classroom with chairs and desks...
Brooke Williams

Project to provide air purifiers in Utah K-12 classrooms

Cleaner air improves student performance, decreases COVID transmission and school absenteeism. New project provides air purifiers for classrooms in Utah.
19 days ago
...
Deanie Wimmer

Chronic Absenteeism leads to rise in F grades in most of Utah’s largest school districts

Schools all over Utah are dealing with the problem of chronic absenteeism. Educators are seeing thousands of absences, and as a result, failing grades.
20 days ago
Box Elder High School (KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

In excessive heat, some districts without A/C move to half days to spare students

With record-breaking, three-digit temperatures and older schools without air conditioning, two districts and one additional high school have announced changes to a half-day schedule to accommodate students.
1 month ago
...
Shara Park

Taylorsville High Wellness Center sees more students in need of basic items

Taylorsville High created a wellness center to give kids a break, however over the course of the year staff saw an increasing need for basic supplies like food, clothing, and hygiene products.
1 month ago
A teacher starts to reset up her classrooms at Freedom Preparatory Academy as they begin to prepare...
COLLIN BINKLEY, AP Education Writer

Reading, math scores fell sharply during pandemic, data show

A new national study finds math and reading scores for America's 9-year-old students fell sharply during the pandemic, underscoring the impact of two years of learning disruptions.
1 month ago
...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Tooele High releases students after broken AC causes uncomfortable class temps

The Tooele County School District was forced to release all students at Tooele High School Wednesday, after a broken air conditioning system led to classroom temperatures too high to work in.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Davis School District celebrates new teachers ahead of school year