Hear from Kelly Farrell about why she chose to work at Pomperaug Regional School District 15
Throughout my educational journey, I’ve had exceptional teachers who care about their students and strive to positively impact the community. Also, I have family members who are teachers that take pride in helping their students learn and grow. Their passion for teaching has inspired me to foster a love for learning and students.
I love teaching music to my elementary students. Their sense of wonder and their unbounding curiosity is exhilarating. Students’ musical knowledge grows through exploration of familiar music and music from around the world. Most of all, I enjoy sharing their excitement when we sing a new song or play a game. To see the marvel in their eyes as they experience music reaffirms my commitment to being an educator.
At Region 15 we care about students’ well-being and education, as well as supporting our colleagues. Since I began teaching elementary music in Region 15, the Department remains supportive professionally and personally. We collaborate by creating common goals across the district, sharing ideas, and “aha moments”. I know that if I have ideas or questions, there is always another educator to bounce ideas off of.
As a member of Region 15’s Global Citizenship and Character Committee, I collaborate with other staff and community members to work towards nurturing students’ self respect. We encourage students to have compassion for themselves and others, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, social class, disability, religion, appearance, or sexual orientation.
These goals take time to develop, but the work is important in creating a society that is inclusive to all. Here at Region 15 we are committed to our students’ well-being and providing a quality education.
New Teacher Starting Salary
Pomperaug Regional School District 15 educates the children in Middlebury and Southbury, Connecticut. The school district, which includes the towns of Middlebury and Southbury, is made up of seven schools, including one high school and two middle schools. The school district provides a comprehensive education program to meet the interests, abilities, need and career goals of all students.
The mission of Region 15, a collaborative community committed to excellence, is to educate every student to be productive, ethical and engaged in a global society through proven and innovative learning experiences supported by its strong community whose decision-making is based on the best interest of all students. Region 15 students consistently perform above the state average and is competitive with similar districts on standardized measures of student achievement. Widely regarded as an excellent school district, Region 15 prepares its students for higher education and the workplace.
Opportunities for professional development abound, including collaborating and committing to continuous learning with our reading consultants, math coaches, instructional teacher leaders, teacher in residence for diversity and cultural competency, and other colleagues within district as well as in professional learning outside of our district. Our staff members are supported in seeking development opportunities.
Region 15’s salary and benefits are competitive both locally and statewide. We take great pride in the teaching and learning that happens in our district and compensate our educators accordingly for their talent and expertise. Starting salary for an educator new to the profession with a BA degree is $46,953.
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