New teachers find their rhythm – Episode 8

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John Wright, Prince LeBoo, Bridgette Norris, Nicole Morales, Sara Au

In this episode, two teachers discuss being new to the profession and the challenges and successes they experienced. To listen, click the play button above this post and/or subscribe to “Appetite for Instruction” on iTunes.

As experienced teachers may remember, the first few years can be overwhelming. From learning how to be a teacher to learning how to differentiate for all learners to lesson plans and grading, teaching is a time consuming profession.

Our guests, Nicole Morales and Bridgette Norris, used their mentors, other teachers and friends for advice, support and encouragement. By asking for assistance and keeping their focus on their passion for teaching, they’re being successful and innovative.


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Bridgette Norris graduated from the University of Central Florida with a journalism degree and returned to her alma mater (Boone HS) to teach Journalism 1-8, which includes yearbook, newspaper and online media. She will begin her third year teaching this August. As a non education major, Bridgette participated in OCPS’ Professional Development Certification Program to help her meet the state requirements for a professional certificate. Through the program she learned a wide variety of teaching strategies, lesson planning and classroom management.

Nicole Morales graduated from the University of Central Florida with an elementary education degree and she just finished her first year teaching second grade at Timber Lakes ES, which is adjacent to Timber Creek HS, her alma mater.

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