TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - For at least one teacher attending New Teacher Orientation for Tyler Independent School District, the campus he’ll be teaching at is already a familiar place.
Sheldon McGowan graduated from John Tyler High School in 2015. He was a part of the new group of teachers who attended orientation Wednesday at Tyler ISD’s Career and Technology Center.
“I am now returning to Tyler ISD, teaching at John Tyler, and it is such an amazing feeling to be back home and to be giving back to the community that gave so much to me,” said McGowan.
Every new teacher at Tyler ISD is given several days to discuss policy and expectations for the upcoming school year. As one of those teachers, McGowan said he would extend that discussion on to his students, considering they will all be learning the process together throughout the year.
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions; as a first-year teacher, we don’t know everything. Some of out veteran teachers don’t know everything,” McGowan explained. “So, it’s okay to ask questions and it’s okay to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid. Just go in there with confidence and do the best you can because that’s all you can do.”
McGowan has seen that a student’s success starts with the person standing at the front of the classroom, helping them to reach their full potential so that students will do the same.
While the new round of teachers learn policies and procedures, they’re also learning how to lean on their peers through the challenges that are sure to come with the start of the new year.
“It is amazing to see all of the new teachers because we get to build those friendships and those bonds because we need friends. Our colleagues are our best support staff,” McGowan said.
McGowan will be teaching Social Studies starting in the fall. The first day of class for Tyler ISD is Aug. 19.