As published in the Lehigh Acres Citizen
By Meghan McCoy
Southwest Florida College decided to hold a mini-yard sale, along with a question-and-answer session with teachers to help eliminate any feelings of nervousness the newcomers may have. Almost all of the 20 teachers who graduated from Southwest Florida College in June will begin their first year of teaching on Aug. 1 somewhere in the Lee County School District.
Education Program Manager Angela Wahoff said the events Wednesday night were held for new teachers and educators to be to help prepare them for their first day of teaching on Aug. 8 The mini-yard sale had a large assortment of items to help the teachers stock up their classrooms to keep their students’ attention with books, games and other useful items. The majority of the items for sale were books for the classrooms that were as little as a quarter to 50 cents apiece. “This is a way for them to stock up on things early on as a discount,” Wahoff said. She said teachers should have between 6-10 books per child in their classroom library.
The second portion of the night included seven current teachers sharing some pointers on how to make the first day of school a success. “The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the new year,” Wahoff said. “It’s about getting that momentum for day one.”
Sara Abraham, the principal of Gateway Charter School, hired five graduates from Southwest Florida College to begin their careers at her school next month. “I come here to look for teachers because I know they get a good education,” she said. Abraham said she wanted to stop by Wednesday night to support the education program because she said it is a great opportunity for them to stock up on what they need for their classroom, along with receiving good advice for the first day of school. She thought the mini-yard sale was a good idea because it gives the teachers ideas of what they can do with different items in their classroom. “It’s an awesome opportunity,” Abraham said. As far as advice for the first day of school, she said new teachers should not be afraid to ask for help. “Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you have a question,” Abraham said. In addition, she said the teachers should buddy up with another teacher who has a couple years under their belt to help answer questions as well.
Some of the items sold during the mini-yard sale will be used to purchase supplies for an upcoming Allied Health Club School Supply event.
Southwest Florida College is an accredited, private institution of higher learning that is listening to employers and providing its students with lifetime placement assistance in today’s most demanding career fields. The college is located in Fort Myers, Tampa, Port Charlotte and Bonita Springs. The Institute of Interior Design is also located within the Bonita Springs campus. For more information, call toll free 888‐279-2342 or visit www.swfc.edu.