As the new school year is set to begin, Duanesburg welcomed 14 new faculty members for two days of orientation this week. The onboarding is part of an annual process to prepare teachers as they navigate their new lives as members of DCS team.
The orientation included an introduction to the district, and it was highlighted by a message related to the importance and power of creating memorable moments for students. Also shared, among other administrative information, was an overview of the many forms of technology they will use to help ensure successful educational outcomes for students.
New faculty also took part in a scavenger hunt – a tour of important areas of the Jr./Sr. High School and Elementary School, and a drive through the community to visit popular business and civic locations.
Toni Amorosi, who taught in the district for 39 years and now serves on the Board of Education, led the group on a separate bus tour of the district so the teachers could get a glimpse into the community they now serve.
“Duanesburg is a great place to work and a great place to live,” Amorosi said. “The school is the community, and the community is the school.”
First-year High School Business Teacher Marc du Moulin enjoyed the tour. “I was surprised by the variety of the community,” he said. “People think of farms when they hear the word Duanesburg. It’s not all farms. But it is rural and I like the woods. It was great to see the trees and the open fields.”
While Duanesburg is a rural district, du Moulin said it will not be difficult to bring ideas from the larger realm of business and commerce to his students.
“It’s a big world,” du Moulin said. “I’ll be accessing all the resources we have and reaching out to the larger business community for guest speakers as I help my students understand the opportunities they will have.”
Good luck to the new members of the faculty. The 2021-22 school year starts Wednesday, Sept. 8.