Gwinnett welcomes 1,200 new teachers

By: Eric Stirgus

Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2015 

Gwinnett County began the process Tuesday of welcoming its new teachers to the district with a day-long orientation session.

The session, held at the Gwinnett Center, included a tutorial on the district’s curriculum standards, meeting student needs and teacher assessment. About 1,200 new teachers attended the orientation. Some new teachers could not attend the orientation. Gwinnett will hold additional orientation sessions for the teachers at local schools.

In all, Gwinnett, Georgia’s largest school district, hopes to have about 1,500 new teachers when the new school year starts Aug. 10. District officials said last week there are about 75 teacher vacancies.

Cobb County officials held a similar orientation session Tuesday for an estimated 800 new teachers. DeKalb held orientation sessions for its new teachers last week. Fulton school officials will have two orientation sessions, July 30 and Aug. 3.