By the end of the day, the first day of the 2016-17 for students in the Lake Havasu Unified School District will be history.
And for teachers who are brand new to teaching or some that are moving into new environments, a sigh of relief will follow months of preparation.
First-time teacher Denelle Esmay – second grade at Oro Grande – was excited and nervous all at once.
“For my first day, I was very nervous. Probably as nervous as these little ones but also very excited and I think we’re going to have a very good year,” Esmay said.
Thunderbolt Junior High veteran Dawn Smith made a move this year to teaching sixth grade at Oro Grande.
“The first day has been amazing. The principal, the staff, the children has been absolutely phenomenal and it’s such a wonderful environment to be in. It has been amazing.
“I’ve been very calm because I heard I was getting some great kids. I’m just meeting them and I love them all already,” Smith said.
As for moving from junior high teaching to elementary-level students, Smith said, “It’s a smaller community here and I’m sure there are some differences. I think the kids are a little more eager to please their teachers at this age and that’s exciting.”
Motorists are reminded that school is back in session and the speed limit in school zones is 15 mph.