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New Teachers Undergo Orientation at the Venetian

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LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School District is welcoming 1,700 new teachers this fall. The new instructors are undergoing orientation at the Venetian this week.

The orientation is crucial for teachers new to Las Vegas. They will learn about the culture of the Clark County School District, the vision of Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and the dynamics of our city.

Colin Snyder is one of the new instructors, although he is not new to Las Vegas. He graduated from Cheyenne High School five years ago, enrolled at the University of Nevada Reno and is returning to Cheyenne High School, where he will teach ninth grade English.

"There are a couple of people specifically at Cheyenne High School that are still there that I owe my love for learning to and kind of gave me that little kick in the butt when I needed it in high school," he said. "They kind of have a community of not only teachers, but just that surrounds it that kind of makes you want to gravitate towards it."

Snyder is the third person to graduate from Cheyenne High School and return as an instructor.

He says he is excited to bring new ideas into the classroom, including a virtual classroom called Edmodo. The social media website resembles Facebook and allows teachers and students to post assignments and take tests.

Snyder isn't the only new educator coming to Clark County classrooms. The school district posted hundreds of job openings in California and Illinois.

Half of the new teachers come from out of state. Their first stop is at the district's human resources building. That's where new instructor Andrea Nicole Clark learned something unexpected.

"I was told my students don't come with supplies, a lot of them, so I've been calling dealerships to see if they'll donate and the Teacher Exchange as well," said Clark, a third grade teacher at Keller Elementary School. "They have a point system that has some supplies for me... I have been shopping. I've been at Dollar Tree, Walmart, pretty much anywhere I can go and get the good bargains."

Local businesses such as Appreciation Financial are also ensuring new teachers have the supplies they need. The company donated $750 gift cards to each new instructor.

"The kids are the ones that need it and the new teachers just getting hired, just getting jobs, just getting established here and get classroom supplies," said Appreciation Financial CEO Terry Kennedy. "So, that's what we're doing it for, so that they can have those, and the kids win, and the teachers win."

Kennedy says his three kids attend Clark County School District public schools, so he understands the need for supplies. He says if teachers start on the right foot, they are bound for success all year.

The 2013-2014 school year starts August 26.

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