BRAWLEY – Summer has come and gone, and now it’s back to work for the teachers and staff of Brawley Elementary School District (BESD) with classes starting Monday.
As a way to keep staff united, BESD sponsored its annual Welcome Back event August 24 at the Barbara Worth Junior High gymnasium with breakfast for all the district staff.
Over 500 staff members attended this year’s event, according to Assistant Superintendent Luis Panduro. The events are a way for the district’s administration, teachers, and classified staff members to mingle, catch up with each other after a long summer, and to hone their focus back on the children. Breakfast was served before everyone got down to business in welcoming the new school year.
“Every year is like a new year and teachers are just as nervous as the kids,” said Francisca Nunez, a Phil Swing teacher. “We’ll do the best we can this year.”
The coming school year will be one of a firsts for BESD with Jaime Silva as new superintendent, two new vice principals, and several new teachers at every school site.
“I’ll do my best to keep up with scores,” said first-time teacher Marlen Villasenor, a new sixth grade teacher at Miguel Hidalgo School. “I’m looking forward to working with the new superintendent and his new ideas.”
Superintendent Silva addressed the assembled staff with the same excitement the teachers displayed for the upcoming school year. He said he plans to make changes that will benefit BESD in helping the students of the community be successful, but at the same time keep what has been working for the district. Silva already plans to visit every school site to become familiar with students and staff.
“I’ve hopes and aspirations that we can unite and put our best forward and all work to educate Brawley,” said Silva.
Teacher Peggy Emanuel stated that already she could feel a change in the environment at BESD with Silva’s induction into the staff.