Chinook's  Edge School Division is welcoming 38 new teachers for the 2023-2024 school year. These new staff members, as well as six teachers who joined the division during the 2022-2023 school year, have been attending the New Teacher Orientation (NTO) in Innisfail this week. NTO is an annual three-day program for teachers new to the profession or the division. It was developed to increase new teachers' understanding of the culture and expectations at Chinook's  Edge School Division.

"We are so pleased to welcome new teachers to our division" said Kurt Sacher, Superintendent, Chinook's  Edge School Division. "Teachers play such a critical role in our schools, and have a significant impact on students and their learning. It's important our newest teachers are supported early and often so that they get off to an amazing start. We are purposeful about connecting new teachers to our culture and the genuine support that is available. We know they will create a high quality learning environment for all of their students if we can ensure they feel valued by our school division and get what they need to address the challenges they face."

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Nicholas Schultz, a first year teacher at Delburne School teaching high school math, said he is glad he could attend. "I'm impressed with the level of support the division is offering." 

Schultz grew up in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and attended a rural high school. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in physics and education, he began subbing in Delburne School last year. "I like the perspective that rural students have. I am looking forward to the opportunity to connect with students more deeply this year."

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Cheyenne Cocke is another Chinook's  Edge graduate who will be teaching in the division. Cocke attended Bowden Grandview School and will be teaching Grade 6 at Delburne School. "I'm  excited to be teaching in a K-12 school. My dream was to teach a a rural school because I know, from my own experience, how valuable that is. Cocke earned a Bachelor of Education at RDP.


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