The Hawthorne Teachers Association is committed to working for the welfare of students, the advancement of public education, and the improvement of instructional opportunities for all within the Hawthorne School District. We work to develop and promote the adoption of such personnel policies and standards of preparation and participation as mark excellence in the teaching profession. Fostering a positive fellowship among educators and the community and cooperation between the educational community and the community at large is a key to maintaining our level of educational excellence in Hawthorne.
President’s Message… (new teacher orientation 8/30/17)
Welcome to the Hawthorne Public Schools!!!
Welcome to the Hawthorne Teachers’ Association. I’m Pamela Fadden and I am president of the HTA. Along with the rest of the HTA Executive Board I’d like to thank you for your time today.
I don’t want to keep you long because I know you have a great many things to do in preparation for the upcoming school year.
I hope you had a relaxing summer because you deserve it. The more time I spend in education, the more I realize and appreciate the impact I have on the lives of my students. And how much I love to teach. I also realize how difficult the job has become. Teaching and caring for students with diverse needs is taxing.
You all expect great things from your students. My job at the leadership level along with the entire Executive Board and each school’s Lead AR is to enable you to empower your students. We want you to have the tools and resources you need to do great things. While we may not be able to provide everything you’d like, we feel responsible, I feel responsible, for doing all that we can to support you. Please feel free to reach out to any of us as needed.
I trust that you’ll take ownership of your own learning the same way you want your students to own theirs. As lead learners, I ask you to model learning behaviors with your students, just as you want them to ask for help, I want you to do the same!
We are here to help and support our members, but we can only do that if our members reach out to us and let us know what they need assistance with- lesson plans, SGOs, PDPs, Classroom Management, Observations, etc.
Public Education can be a complicated thing! States set certain criteria as well as the local school board. Then each school administrator adds his or her own expectations as well. Finally, the classroom teacher gets to implement it all and add their final touch! As much as we’d like these to align perfectly, we realize that sometimes they don’t. At the end of the day what is most important is what happens in the classroom and with your students.
I know that not every day will be awesome. I too work with kids. They are much like us only at the beginning of their learning journey. It’s our wisdom and care that they need. If you don’t leave school the majority of the days with a smile on your face that you or your students accomplished something that day because you know that you did good work, be sure to tell someone. Talk to your mentor, an AR, or an executive board member; I always try to be available, and if for some reason I’m not then I have a support team that will help.
If you’re not happy, it’s not likely your students will be either and that’s no way to spend 6+ hours a day. My dream this year is that you and your students think of school as a safe place where they do interesting work that matters. I’m excited to hear your stories so please share them.
So- go empower your students, help them to learn, smile, grow and belong. Ask hard and interesting questions. Try new things. Share what you’re learning. Ask for help! It’s time for some new sorties of great learning. It begins now! Go be awesome.