Yadkin County students headed back to their colorfully decorated classrooms on Monday. At Fall Creek Elementary students were excited to begin a new year, as were teachers, including several who are new to the school.
“It’s an exciting time here, it’s always good to see the kids back in the building,” said Principal Kelly Byrd-Johnson.
Brand new teacher Jessica Baity was all smiles as was her class of third-grade students at Fall Creek on the first day of school.
“I am so excited. I have 15 bright and smiling faces, even if they look at me a little silly sometimes,” Baity said. “I’m just really honored to be here and it’s a blessing for sure.”
Baity is a Forbush alumna and a recent graduate of N.C. State. This is her first teaching job.
She was geared up for a super year with superhero-themed classroom decorations and she even wore a matching skirt with superhero designs.
Her students gave a resounding “yes” when asked if they were excited to be back at school.
Diane Reece, another new teacher to Fall Creek, formerly a teacher at Jonesville Elementary, said she was “tickled to death” to be back in the classroom for a new school year.
“My students came in in an orderly fashion so I’m looking forward to this group. They all seem to get along really well and I’m excited to teach math and science for the whole new year,” Reece said.
Another new teacher to Fall Creek, Angie Swift, said she too was thrilled about the new year.
“I’m looking forward to working with the excellent staff that’s here, as well as the wonderful kids that go to Fall Creek,” Swift said.
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