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TCS Hosts New Employee Orientation

orientation TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Tuscaloosa City Schools welcomed a group of incoming teachers at New Employee Orientation at Central Office on Wednesday. 

The TCS Human Resources team informed the 18 new employees about the district's policies and procedures. HR specialist Melissa Wilson and benefits specialist Lynne Wright walked the employees through compensation, insurance, retirement and remaining onboarding processes. 

"Welcome aboard, and we are thrilled to have you join us," Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria told the group. "We've got 10,400 incredible students in this school system--all who need you. (The students) need you in a big, big way to come in and really be impactful in your work."

Most in the group enter TCS with teaching experience in other systems. Only two in the group are first-time teachers. 

"I was kind of nervous coming into it, but everyone has been very welcoming," says Kelly Feith, who is set to teach third grade at Woodland Forrest Elementary. "Being fresh out of college, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got a lot of my questions answered. It has been very helpful." 

Titania Richey, who is set to be a third-grade teacher at University Place Elementary, says she is grateful for the Human Resources' work in making a smooth transition into TCS. 

"They're very compassionate," Richey says. "They get to know you personally and professionally as we head into the school year." 

Teachers begin the 2017-2018 school year with Institute Day at Paul W. Bryant High School on Aug. 2. 

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