Members of the Beta Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International have been contributing items for baskets to be given to support teachers early in their career.
This international project of the Society is called Support Early Educators. The project was selected because statistics now show that early career educators are leaving the teaching profession after only three to five years, even before the COVID-19 crisis. The stress on teachers now is greater than ever before.
Hopefully, with strong support from long-time career educators as well as retired teachers, new teachers will feel their positive support.
At the October Zoom chapter meeting, a free drawing was done virtually for two baskets of supplies. The winners of each of the baskets gave that basket to a teacher early in their career.
Agnes Massacesi, who is a retired chapter member and taught in the Tunkhannock Area School District, presented her basket of supplies to Brittany Harris, a new teacher of mathematics at the Tunkhannock Area High School. She is a graduate of Abington Heights High School and Bloomsburg University.
Cindy Reynolds, a retired teacher from Mountain View Elementary School, presented her basket of supplies to Corey Harrington. While Corey is new to Mountain View, she is not new to teaching. She began her career teaching a couple of months at Lourdesmont and then taught special education for twelve years at Kennedy School in the Scranton School District. She is presently the autistic support teacher at Mountain View. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from the West Milford High School, and then East Stroudsburg University with a major in elementary and special education.
Both teachers expressed their appreciation for the baskets of supplies.