Harnett County Schools' desire for Beginning Teachers Program is to develop a program that provides the necessary assistance to ensure success in teaching by developing a nurturing community of learners. 

Our Beginning Teacher Coordinators are available to assist new teachers in several capacities.  All first-year teachers are provided a three-day orientation in August.  During the orientation, professional development is conducted in areas such as classroom management, time management, and curriculum/ instruction. Throughout the year, the Beginning Teacher Coordinators will work directly with all Beginning Teachers to provide differentiated support. 

The Beginning Teacher Coordinators will also informally observe and visit new teachers on a regular basis.  However, the most important assistance that is provided to Beginning Teachers comes from Mentors serving each beginning teacher at the school level. The Mentors serve as a daily positive role model and provides encouragement and support.

HCS Beginning Teacher Support Program 

For additional information contact the Beginning Teacher Coordinators:
Judy Adams, jadams1@harnett.k12.nc.us
Kathy Adams, kadams@harnett.k12.nc.us
Shirley Ray, 
CeciliaGregory, cgregory@harnett.k12.nc.us

            (910) 893-8151 Ext. 332

What are first-year teachers saying about teaching in Harnett County?

 “Harnett County Schools…a great place to teach. Teaching here has made my
  first year memorable.” 
 Allison Turnbow, Michigan - Johnsonville Elementary

“HCS is a great place to work. It has a laid-back, family-like atmosphere and
  our Professional Learning Teams are very supportive and effective.” 
 Jared Speight, UNC-Charlotte - Overhills Middle

“There is a lot of support for new teachers. The hiring process was
  very organized, and I was treated in a highly professional manner.” 
  Dustin Shubert, Hawaii - Anderson Creek Primary

“Harnett County is a place of strong collaboration and teamwork. Children 
 are always put first. As a veteran teacher, it is important to have
 available opportunities for highly research-based staff development and Harnett
 has this.”
 Martha Weems – Anderson Creek Primary’s Teacher of the Year