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Champlain Valley Union prepares for 2007-2008

HINESBURG -- A new teacher orientation was held on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Champlain Valley Union High School, in preparation for the upcoming school year.

The CVU family welcomed in 13 new faculty members, including a number of former CVU students.

Sean McMannon, the principal of the high school, said that everyone is looking forward to entering the school year with this diverse group of new teachers.

This group comes in with new eyes, said McMannon. They have a tremendous diversity of experience and will certainly enrich our environment here at CVU.

McMannon said that he and his colleagues were careful to select candidates that both fit into the standards and curriculum of CVU but who could also add something new.

Through our hiring process, we select people who are creative, collaborative, and compassionate, said McMannon. We wanted people that would fit our high academic expectations and into our close-knit community.

The goal of new teacher orientation day is to allow the new faculty members to get to know each other and get to know both the physical and academic environment that they will be working in.

We try to continue the work that begins during the hiring process, added McMannon. We want to get the teachers together and get to know each other, get them to understand CVUboth our instruction and our relationships, and finally we want to figure out all of the logistics.

New Teachers
Three of the thirteen new faculty members took some time to sit down with the Times-Sentinel and share some personal information.

Michaela ONeill, 25, is a 2005 CVU graduate who hails from Columbia College and previously taught math on an island off the coast of Maine.

Im very excited because of the students, said ONeill. Im also excited to work with educators whom I know and respect so much. Im also looking forward to teaching some new classes.

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