By Chelsea Turner
Over 60 new certificated employees, including teachers, speech language pathologists, counselors, and nurses gathered at the District Office on August 14 for their annual orientation.
Superintendent Vital, Executive Cabinet members, Board of Trustees, district principals, and Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA) Executive Board greeted the new team members as they enjoyed breakfast provided by CUEA, followed by a variety of informative sessions to assist with beginning the school year.
Board of Trustee President Gila Jones kicked off the program with the question, “How many of you like children?” She explained, “this is not a trick question to see if you’re paying attention. It’s really a reminder of why we’re all here.”
Superintendent Kirsten Vital began her opening remarks by inviting teachers to stand for recognition by years of service. Many are beginning their first year of teaching, while others bring over 20 years of experience to the district.
“As the top performing large school district in the state of California, we know that our certificated employees do extraordinary work preparing our students to meet the challenges of an ever changing world,” said Superintendent Vital. “We are honored you’re here.”
CUEA President Joy Schnapper applauded the new staff for “choosing what is truly the most amazing and admirable profession in the world.” She added, “you have chosen one of the best districts in the entire state to join.”
The district begins the recruiting process in March, in an effort to hire the best qualified employees possible. “With over 1,300 applicants this year, our new team members represent the best of certificated employees,” said Associate Superintendent of Human Resource Services, Tim Brooks. “We are excited to support their positive impact on children.”
The accomplishments of the students within Capistrano Unified highlight the incredible teaching and learning that takes place throughout the district. This year, the district will continue to focus strategically on all children. Specifically, improvement of educational, social and emotional student outcomes, with particular attention to middle and low performing students.
Capistrano Unified School District students return to their classrooms on August 20.