Following a morning of orientation and getting to know administrators, the newest educators for the Denison Independent School District were taken to were taken to Rustico Restaurant for the district’s annual new teacher luncheon on Aug. 2. More than 95 individuals have joined the facility and staff for the upcoming school year.

Of the new employees, 53 are newly ceritied teachers.

“We kicked off our new employee institute yesterday,” Denison ISD Curriculum Director Shonda Cannon said. “We welcomed 95 new employees. 53 of those are certified teachers, the rest are support staff. We start Thursday with welcoming time where they get to know the staff and principals.”

Cannon said the district added a number of new programs this year that increased the need for teachers.

Cannon said things began the prior Thursday with the teachers meeting the principals and staff. The support staff go to technology training while the teachers attend an orientation regarding the professional learning community. Cannon said they learn the way Denison ISD approaches the tasks surrounding educating students.

The new teachers had a classroom management session on Monday and they were given instruction on technology used in the district on Tuesday.

The “new employee institute,” as the district calls it, wrapped up on Wednesday with an event she referred to as the “New Employee Amazing Race” where the teachers were divided into teams and given clues to learn more about the community.

“It is a good way for our teachers, especially the ones that are new to Denison, to get around the community,” Cannon said. “They get to know the different people who are community supporters of our school system. The purpose for everything is to set the tone for a successful school year. We’re excited and eager to begin a new school year.”

Richard A. Todd is a reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached by email at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RichardAToddHD.