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The first day of school started this morning, and Aleishia Giesey was welcoming her first ever second grade class.

"It's been going well, it's for sure not going as planned I guess. Some of the times you're winging it, you're pull in things from the back of your head," says Giesey.

Giesey is from Michigan, and before now had only been to Williston to visit.

"Living here is a lot different. It's busy, I mean, I'm used to busy, but it's different when you have a huge semi right beside you," says Geisey.

Down the hall, Angela Adkins is also teaching her first class, and says she is looking forward to the year ahead.

"I just want to get to know my kids really well, and find some new creative ways to introduce topics. I want to do a lot of hands on stuff," says Adkins.

Adkins is from Texas. Her husband has been working in the oil patch for the last year and a half, and the only time she's been to Williston was over the winter to visit him. She says her family is used to moving around.

"My kids have always done a lot of traveling because he is ex-military, and now oilfield. We've always just kinda moved around a lot, so they're excited about it and ready to make new friends."

Both Adkins and Giesey had their housing arrangements figured out before they moved to Williston, which relieved some stress. And now that school has started, even more stress is gone.

"It takes a lot of weight off just meeting the kids because that's the biggest part if the nerves," says Giesey.

Giesey says the school atmosphere is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of the oil patch.

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