Pirate adventure helps introduce new Denison ISD teachers to community

DENISON, Texas (KXII) -- Before the first school bells ring, 68 new teachers at Denison ISD traveled to five different spots in Denison to go on a pirate adventure.

"So at each of these stops, the new employees have someone that will be greeting them and welcoming them and sharing some different things about Denison and what it has to offer," Denison ISD Curriculum Coordinator Andrea Hayes said.

There, they have to post on Twitter and the more unique the tweet, the more points each team gets.

Each group also had to perform a challenge from crutches racing at TMC to performing a school spirited cheer at Denison High School.

The school district sees this as a unique way of making their new co-workers feel at home.

"This was just a fun, relaxing way to get them to relax and enjoy it and get to know each other a little better so that when they do go back to their campus and their school, they have familiar faces that they know they can visit with and ask questions and seek help from," Hayes said.

For the new teachers, the experience of the adventure helped them interact with the community.

"It felt like we were bonding with each other and with the community so it was nice," new Lamar Elementary teacher Deanna Ross said. "It kind of makes you feel more comfortable with where you're at and what you're doing."

Whether they are teaching for the first time or have been teaching for several years, their latest adventure has made them ready for the new school year.

"Anxious and excited, but that's about it just anxious," Ross said.

"Even though I've been teaching for 14 years, I think you always get excited," new Mayes Elementary teacher Chris Anderson said. "I don't know if I would say nerves, but there's always an excitement about August. I'm excited with all the new energy in here. It's going to be fun."

Classes at all the Denison ISD schools will begin Thursday, August the 17th.