First-year teacher gets first day moving at North Augusta High

Monday, Aug 17, 2009 1:32 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 10:17 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA --- After walking her two boys into North Augusta Elementary, Jane Monroe headed to her own first day of school at North Augusta High School.

The 15-year business veteran didn’t trade out her suit, though. A traditional black suit, combined with a snappy coral top and scarf set the tone for her classroom - getting business done with fun along the way.

With a 5 a.m. start and her first class not beginning until 10:12 a.m., Mrs. Monroe had plenty of time to get in, check e-mail, go over her day and deal with any nerves.

Other teachers, such as third-year veteran Stephanie Ramey offered support and encouragement as she headed to room 405 for the first class.

But when the second period bell rang, Mrs. Monroe’s face hit a hightened, more strained smile than her easy-going personality usually offers.

“I think they looked bored,” she said of students after completing her first class.

It took 30 minutes into the class for students to losen up with her and ask questions. In the second class, students were already chuckling 10 minutes in as she hit her stride.

“It definitely got a bit easier,” she said.

Although organization was key to getting the day started smoothly, one thing will have to change - packing a lunch. After forgetting a salad and seeing pizza and chicken nuggets for lunch, Mrs. Monroe said that’s one thing that has to be squeezed in.

Reach Julia Sellers at (706) 823-3424

or julia.sellers@augustachronicle.com

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