HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Summer is quickly coming to an end for students and teachers in the Tennessee Valley, but Huntsville City Schools is getting teachers excited to step into the classroom.
"I'm really anxious to put names with faces and getting to know them, and getting the classroom started, and getting the school year started," said McNair Junior High teacher, Jon Berry.
Sharon Aycoff, an engineer-turned-teacher, believes her first day of school will be a dream come true. She'll be at Westlawn Middle School teaching math.
"I've always wanted to teach," Aycoff said. "I tell everybody it took me 51 years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up."
These first-year teachers are being prepped by the best in the business.Chelonnda Seroyer runs an educational consulting business and spent Wednesday coaching up the city's newest teachers. Seroyer says the training is not just for the benefit of the teachers.
"I hope the students take away the same thing they took away from my classroom at Bob Jones High School, which is they come back and say, 'Oh Mrs. Seroyer, you had all these procedures, but now I realize how much more I learned in a classroom where I could sit and be engaged."
Overall, the teachers agree it's more than the material they teach; it's about changing lives.
"Meeting my students and making a positive change in their life and getting them to love math and making positive lifetime changes, life changes, for my students and even myself," said Aycoff.
Huntsville City Schools teachers head back on July 27 and students will fill the classrooms on August 3.
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