Brand-new Philly teacher looks forward to Friday, and also to Monday

    Katherine Teevan

    Katherine Teevan

    First-week jitters are the norm when starting a new job. And when it’s your first job after finishing school, you want to give it your all.

    That’s the case with Katherine Teevan. In her first week at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in South Philadelphia, she gave all her energy, enthusiasm … and her voice to her new job as a second-grade teacher.

    “Gotta keep talking, in order for them to learn, so that’s how I go,” she explained in a voice rough from lots of use.

    “This week has been awesome, but also very tiring. As a first-year teacher, I didn’t realize how tiring it was going to be,” she admitted. This first week was dedicated to getting to know her students and assessing how much they retained,especially in math and reading, over the summer.

    You can hear more about the work week of a teacher in the aftermath of Philadelphia’s severe budget cuts by clicking the audio link above.

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