Recently, Millennium Charter Academy hired 13 new teachers.
This is the most additions to the staff since the school first opened.
“This year with adding a grade level, and also some of our teachers leaving us last year, we had to step up and hire this many — which is something we have never done before,” said Lu Ann Browne, director of development.
MCA added 10th grade to their school this year as well as an after-hours arts class.
The class is offered to high school students and will involve music, visual arts and theatre. The students who take this class will receive one credit hour.
Alicia Merritt, was among one of the new hires who will be teaching the new arts class. Along with all arts and music classes.
By the start of the 2017-18 school year, Millennium would like to be a full-service educational stop, teaching children from kindergarten right through to high school graduation.
The school conducted a new teacher orientation this week, where the history, mission, admission process and the curriculum was discussed and explored with the new hires.
Each teacher within the school is required to hold a paideia seminar in their class regularly.
This type of seminar is a collaborative, intellectual dialogue about a text, facilitated with open-ended questions.
The teachers will hold active discussions, where the teacher will ask the students to interpret either a piece of art or text taken from a book, poem or other source.
The teachers were also instructed on how to use the online grading system.
Next week, the new teachers will take part in staff development.
Among those hired are D.J. Jellison, Kevin Currie, Loida Peterson, Neil Dawes, Eric Allen, Kaitlan Gough, Megan Sizeland, Heather Segrest, Rusty Robertson, Leah Wilhite and Tracy Wood. Also added was a first grade teacher assistant, Heather Luke.