Stacey Ferrara was about to study fashion in New York City when, a few short weeks before she was supposed to start school, she decided she’d rather be a physical education teacher.
“It was the best decision I’ve ever made,” she said.
The New Jersey native never took PE in high school, but now Ferrara will be teaching Windsor High School students for 80 minutes at a time. And as far as she is concerned, she has the best job.
“I get to get kids active. It’s awesome,” she said. “It’s not even work.”
Ferrara was one of about 50 teachers who were welcomed into the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District on Thursday morning at the New Teachers’ Breakfast.
The Windsor Chamber of Commerce has organized the event each year for more than 15 years, Chamber Director Michal Connors said. Local businesses sponsor teachers for the breakfast, which allows the chamber to put together goodie bags filled with supplies and gift certificates to local businesses.
With almost 50 new teachers and special service providers in the district — plus more than 20 who will be new to Windsor Charter Academy — Connors said she and four others spent two hours filling the bags before the breakfast.
“This is the most we’ve had by far,” she said.
Connors said she hopes the warm welcome will encourage new teachers to support local businesses, many of which help teachers in return.
“Our goal out of this is not only to make them feel welcome and to show them the great community that we have, but also for them to shop local,” she said.
Superintendent Dan Seegmiller congratulated the many new teachers on their positions, and said some were in competition with as many as 250 applicants.
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