new teacher at a school can be as terrifying as being a new
student. This page contains ideas for helping new teachers feel
welcome in your school.
each new teacher a buddy teacher, preferably one who
teaches the same subject or grade level. The buddy
teacher is responsible for introducing the new teacher to
the faculty and staff, giving a tour of the building,
showing where to find supplies in the building available
for teacher use, showing how to operate the copy machine
and other equipment for office use, helping locate all
textbooks, workbooks, and teacher supplies that are
supposed to be in the classroom, etc. If there is a back
to school breakfast or lunch, the buddy teacher should
attend with the new teacher so introductions can be made.
Also the buddy teacher should be available all year to
answer questions the new teacher may have.
Give a Building
Inservice for New Teachers
or two teachers should give a building inservice to new
teachers to explain school procedures. Be sure to talk
about the different forms such as purchase orders and
leave forms, as well as how to call for a substitute.
Give a list of people to know and what their jobs are.
This will be helpful when the computers stop working, a
VCR is needed, or a question arises about the curriculum.
all teachers a school pride pin/button. Then when new
teachers arrive, give them one too. This seems simple,
but it gives a sense of belonging. If your principal
can't provide the funds, check with your student council
or parent teacher organization.
a welcome package or basket for each new teacher. Include
such things as pens, pencils, notepads, paper clips,
staples, bulletin board border, etc. If the school
provides lesson plan books and grade books, include these
as part of the welcome package.
items that a new teacher will need to survive the year,
such as a band-aide for when things get a little rough.
This is an inexpensive, fun kit that will surely bring a
smile to any teacher's face. Click here for what to include in
First Aid Kit
Create a first aid kit just for the teacher.
Include such things as band-aides, pain reliever, breath mints, a bottle of water, hand
sanitizer, baby wipes, safety pins, needle and thread, and trial-size
versions of lotion and deodorant. (Come on, you've forgotten to
put on deodorant haven't you?) My brother is an optician, and he
as given me eyeglass screwdrivers, screws, nosepieces, and cleaner to keep
in my first aid kit.
End of First Semester
first year teachers, send a plant, plaque, or other small
gift at the end of the first semester. Include a card
that says, "Congratulations! You have made it
halfway through your first year."