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Hear from Jonathan Lake about the opportunity for leadership opportunities, teacher collaboration and diversity at Norwalk.

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Meet Jonathan Lake

Teacher Ambassador

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It has been my desire and passion to work with students in Norwalk, being that I am a product of the Norwalk Public Schools. What makes Norwalk Public Schools a great place to work is the opportunity to seek professional development, the career and leadership opportunities, the teacher collaboration with district personal and our diverse student body.

Teaching

  • 4th & 5th Grade Teacher

Education

  • Morehouse College

Awards

  • Person to Person Scholar

Teacher Certification Program

Why I Teach

What inspires me to teach everyday comes from a willingness to make a difference in the lives of children. This is crucial not only in educating our youth in the classroom, but also creating productive citizens. I strongly believe all children can learn, given the correct circumstances of a nurturing and supportive environment. I am dedicated to the profession and community in supporting the best interests of all students.

Norwalk Public Schools by the numbers

  • 801

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 11,400

    Engaged Learners

  • 50,597

    New Teacher Starting Salary

About Norwalk Public Schools

  • About

    Our district's rich diversity is a key part of its strength. Representing 68 countries and speaking 63 languages, Norwalk students come from a variety of backgrounds, with 42 percent speaking a second language at home. Norwalk Public Schools delivers a learning experience rich in multicultural diversity, as well as one that reflects the global society in which our graduates will live.

  • For Teachers

    Norwalk is home to approximately 11,500 students and over 1,670 dedicated professionals who serve as leaders in closing achievement gaps across the state. We are quickly becoming a district of choice in our community. 

    Norwalk consists of a state-of-the-art, inclusive pre-K Early Childhood Center; one full immersion, dual-language, bi-literate, bilingual and bi-cultural elementary school; a Connecticut Elementary School of Distinction; a 2014 National Blue Ribbon Science Magnet Elementary School; two comprehensive high schools inclusive of an Early College Academy and an International Baccalaureate Global Studies Program; and 10 additional elementary schools and four middle schools.

  • Salary, Compensation & Benefits

    Norwalk Public Schools operates in collaboration with the National Federation of Teachers Union (NFT), and the starting pay rate for an educator with no experience is $50,445.

  • For Students

    Norwalk Public Schools offers the opportunity for non-certified staff members who currently hold a bachelor's degree to participate in the alternative-to-educator program RELAY.

    The district selects four participants each year and not only pays the cost of tuition, but provides the RELAY participant furlough from their position with full pay to be mentored in a classroom and participate in substitute teaching while going through the program.

    Upon completion of the RELAY program, the graduate will be placed into the teacher entry program as a long-term teacher, secure their teacher license, and receive the necessary training and professional development to become a star teacher.

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