Hear from Jaqueline Williams about how teacher diversity is creating success for students at Hamden Public Schools.
Hamden is an engaging place to work and grow as an educator. The rich diversity of our students affords teachers the opportunity to interact with families from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Our differences are what make us stronger. I am proud to be a part of a district that collaborates to provide high quality instruction. We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of diverse learners which promotes acceptance for all students.
As an African-American woman, it is important for students from all backgrounds to have an opportunity to learn from teachers who are a reflection of them. I became a teacher because I am passionate about building bridges and creating pathways for children to succeed. I strive to form authentic relationships with students. Creating partnerships between home and school help develop a feeling of self-worth, agency, and resiliency. I am inspired by the growth that occurs when children know they have a strong team supporting them. As Dr. James P. Comer once said, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship". I hope learning with me will be a springboard to amazing accomplishments in their lives, families, communities.
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Hamden Public Schools has one of the most diverse student populations in the State of Connecticut with an average elementary student-to-teacher ratio of 18.5 to 1.
HPS offers 18 AP courses, 28 varsity sports, a comprehensive World Language Program, a premier DECA program and STEM Academy. More than 70 after-school clubs and activities, a robust Fine and Performing Arts Program, and a state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Program.
HPS also offers the Seal of Biliteracy, and our students speak more than 40 different languages. Hamden Middle School offers a wide range of courses, from Italian to pre-engineering.
Teaching in Hamden provides an opportunity to teach and learn from students who reflect a wide demographic range. Teachers have the opportunity to lead after-school activities, in addition to coaching one of our varsity sports teams. We also offer a competitive compensation package along with opportunities for professional growth.
HPS offers an 092 cohort with Southern Connecticut State University that takes place at Hamden Middle School.
Our starting salary for teachers with a Masters Degree is $47,700. We offer a Health Savings Account along with a significant board contribution to the deductible. There are many stipend opportunities for athletic coaching, after-school clubs and activities, Curriculum Leaders, Team Leaders and Department Chairpersons. Teachers can take part in the sick bank, and withdraw up to 90 days.
Commencing the 2020-2021 school year, our students will participate in the Educators Rising Program.
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