Hear from Renita Casey about the professional opportunities at Groton Public Schools.
I am fortunate enough to both live and teach in Groton after moving here from Massachusetts 19 years ago. It is an honor to be a member of the Groton Public School System because I have been given a place to live my philosophy of trying to make the world a better place. I do this by living, teaching and volunteering in my community. I have been given many professional opportunities to perfect my craft. Training is provided for new initiatives, but I have also been supported when I found training that personally interested me in my quest to be a life-long learner.
One of Groton Public School’s most powerful assets is its diverse student population. The families here include people from many different economic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity is even more unique as we also have the Coast Guard and Navy Base close in our community. Every day we have the privilege of working with military families to educate their children.
I am proud to be a member of a wonderful team of professionals helping to teach well rounded, caring, educated citizens. Crazy to think I get to do this all while living in one of the most beautiful and interesting historical areas in Connecticut.
I am the product of hard working parents who encouraged me to seize the opportunity to try something new at the age of 22 when the factory I was working at closed. I am proud to say I am a first generation college graduate. This drives me to show my students that with the right mindset and supportive people, you can meet any challenges that come your way.
I am inspired every day by the many administrators, teachers, support staff and community members who help me to provide the necessary supports to help my students grow as learners and caring citizens. There is nothing more rewarding as a teacher than when a student has that ah ha moment. For me, this moment is made more special because I am are there day in and day out witnessing the effort and hard work students put in to reach social, academic or behavioral goals. Lastly, I am inspired by the students who walk through my door because they have as much to teach me as I to teach them every day.
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Groton Public Schools is a diverse community supporting three shoreline towns, including Groton, Noank and Mystic. We are also proud supporters of our U.S. Military families with the presence of the Military Sub Base/Electric Boat and the Coast Guard Academy in our local communities. We service and support our military students and families in our schools with pride.
Groton Public Schools offers exceptional professional development and growth opportunities in our district. We are the recipient of grant funding which allows us to offer exceptional programming for the benefit of our teachers and students. We are one of the few schools in the state offering the International Baccalaureate program at Fitch High School and the recent addition of the Middle Years IB Program at our Themed Magnet Middle Schools. We host several themed magnet schools in the district, including two elementary and two middle schools with themes in STEM and the Arts.
Groton's salary and benefits are competitive in the local educational market as well as across the state of Connecticut. We are proud of the work our teachers do in our district and pay them accordingly for their talent and expertise.
Groton Public Schools offers the Pathways to Teaching Program for our students at Fitch High School, which is a Teacher Preparation Program that allows students to gain exposure to a teaching career as well as prepare them for a teaching program when they graduate and move on to college/university studies. In addition to teaching pathways, the district offers several other career readiness pathways for students in STEM, technology, medical and the arts.
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