New teachers prepare for a successful school year

Published: Aug. 8, 2019 at 7:44 PM CDT
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Eighty-five new teachers and staff members will walk into their first day in the Bismarck school district in the fall.

“I was a Blue Jay, then I was a Mayville State commit, then I was a Beulah Minor blue. So this is the first time I’m not blue,” laughed Savannah Elkins, a first year physical science teacher at Legacy High School.

Trading blue for gold is what brought Elkins to the Bismarck District.

"This is a much larger district than I’m use to," said Elkins.

Her passion for science is what drove Elkins to experiment with Legacy High School.

"They're known for trying new things and kind of embracing failure which is how I think most of us learn," she said about Bismarck Public School District.

In the classroom, Elkins says chemistry with the students is the most valuable lesson she hopes to teach.

"Making sure they know that they're important, that they have the capability to achieve awesome things, that they as a person are so important to the way the world works," said Elkins.

"My goal is to be that person, especially if they don’t have anyone else."

Elkins will walk into her first day of high school alongside 360 freshman.

"Teachers are just as excited for the beginning of school, as those students are," laughed Elkins.

Before students show up, she’s taking the time to prepare for a successful year while also enjoying the last of her break.

"We try to hold off until the last minute, you try to embrace every moment of summer,” said Elkins.

When the school bell rings on the first day of school, Mrs. Elkins will be ready for a classroom full of new students and a new challenge.

There will be 1,400 students at Legacy High School when classes begin.