Lake County School District Welcomes Over 300 New Teachers at Back-to-School Event

COUNTY OF LAKES, Florida. — On Tuesday, the Lake County School District welcomed more than 300 new teachers at the Launch Into Lake event.

School leaders have said that school events like this are important when it comes to keeping everyone excited and cheering ahead of the new school year.

“It was very positive because we were over 300 people and all newbies and it’s really fun and exciting to do it all together,” said new Treadway Elementary School teacher Kelsey Cole.

It’s been a busy 24 hours for Cole.

“Well, I was in Florida for about 24 hours, so I just moved from Oregon,” Cole said.

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Cole will be teaching third grade at Treadway Elementary School. She is one of more than 300 Lake County teachers who are studying the basics before the school year starts on August 10th.

“They have a lot of resources available to us and they talked to us about how to get certified and how to do all these really cool things that other schools don’t always like,” Cole said.

Lake County began its annual Launch Into Lake event on Tuesday, when the county gathers its new teachers for two days of training sessions to acclimate to day one.

Lake County School recruiting partner Quiana Peterson said many of the new hires are people who have moved to the area. She said the Launch Into Lake program is an important part of building a support system for new teachers.

“He’s huge,” Peterson said. “I think that’s the deciding factor, so we’re trying to provide as many points of contact as possible. So, today at our table, we inform the teachers that you saw me in the recruitment process, now you see me here today, and then I will see you again in the fall.

But some teachers come from our own backyard – Adam Bickford graduated from Eustis High School and is returning to teach world history in the 10th grade.

“It’s a very unique feeling, obviously very different from when I was a student working as a teacher,” Bickford said. “But I can say that I feel like I’m back with my family.”

Lake County is still looking for 65 more employees. If you are interested click here.

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