On January 14
, 38 new teachers from five NEFEC member districts had the pleasure of hearing words of encouragement from Florida's 2020 Teacher of the Year, Dr. Dre Graham. This was part of the final session of the NEFEC CONNECT: New Teacher Network program for the 2019/20 school year.
The Hillsborough County native’s focus was not only from the teacher's perspective on the significance of second chances and how through reflection, tomorrow is another opportunity to get it right, but also on the importance of providing foundations for students, setting expectations, and supporting them in accomplishing their goals.
Dr. Graham, being the consummate musician, also motivated participants through song. His final challenge of the day was to remind these new teachers that future world leaders and change agents are in classrooms today!