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Bismarck Public Schools Hold New Teacher Orientation

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The start of school is approaching and several districts still don't have enough teachers. Although Bismarck Public School's teacher orientation week shows the shortage isn't affecting this district, administrators say this problem still affects them.

Veteran and novice teachers agree that this isn't an easy fix.

School districts in cities like Wlliston and Minot are still looking for teachers, but Bismarck has enough.

From veteran to novice they understand why smaller towns are having a this problem.

"You know, they want to teach and they want to go, but it's that matter of where do they live and how do they find those things that they need," says fourth-grade teacher Jana Kienzle.

"That's definitely something that as a state, we need to be concerned about. But that we're always putting our best foot forward," says instructional coach Alivia Wamboldt. 

Keeping with that idea, Wamboldt says she likes coming to teacher orientation every year. Getting to know new teachers and learning different academic techniques for the school year. 

"Just seeing the new faces, making those connections with our teachers and talking about what's going on and what we're going to do," says Wamboldt.

"Hearing advice from veteran teachers and from instructional coaches. And so that's really nice," says Kienzle.

As a new teacher, Kienzle says the orientation makes her excited for the school year and hopes that future teachers will take advantage of their teacher orientation no matter what district they're in. 

"Good to get the experience. Wherever it is. So, if you're offered a job, even if it's in a small town, go. You might get there and fall in love with it," says Kienzle.

All of the teachers say they know each district will work to make sure each class has the teacher they need, because education is key.

Bismarck Public Schools new teacher orientation goes until Friday, and all the teachers are preparing for the first day of school on Sept. 2.


 
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