Teachers thrilled with prospect of teaching in new school
TRURO -It resembled Christmas morning when teachers recently toured the new Truro Elementary School.
There was a sense of child-like excitement from the adults who will teach at the new
Teachers were wide-eyed, some squealled with joy, while others ran down the hallways
to investigate the new surroundings for
Janet Gale-Addis found her soon-to-be Grade Primary French immersion classroom and rushed to its washroom. Her eyes danced wildly as she surveyed the room and she began clapping her hands and jumping up and down in excitement.
"I have never had a washroom and sink in my classroom!" exclaimed Gale-Addis, who leaves Douglas Street elementary. "There's lots of storage and I love the bright colours. I think the kids will love it too because it's so fresh and beautiful. It's not really bigger, but better laid out."
Leanne Gallant is a Grade 4 teacher who is leaving Willow Street elementary to teach at Truro Elementary School. Gallant is also full of praise for the new facility.
"I compare it to the first time I went to CEC as a student ... the big halls and feeling of independence," said Gallant. "I think the students will love it ... it's new, clean and spacious."
Princess Margaret Rose's Nadine Thomas offers program support. Thomas said the size of the school will take some getting used to.
"It's so spacious and a big change to deal with because we're used to a small population. Once we get in we'll see where the wrinkles are but I'm looking forward to it."
Shawn Munro, a Grade 1 teacher coming from St. Mary's, said the size could be overwhelming for young children.
"It's so big so little children will think it's a little scary until they get used to it."
While described by a few teachers as "a teacher's dream" others were waiting to see how their enormous amounts of resources and materials from previous schools would fit in the new classrooms.
In addition, "the space for administrative assistants, in my opinion, is not adequate for two persons" reflected Erma Cox, outgoing principal at PMR. Cox will be a Grade 5 teacher at the new school.
Scott Armstrong, Truro elementary's principal, said the building is "98 per cent done" with a few things - such as installing computers, some last-minute wiring technology, placement of furniture and erecting stands in the gym - left to complete.
"After a delay of a year and a half, it's rewarding and exciting to finally get here," said Armstrong, who led about 50 teachers on the first official school tour before it's new year opening.