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Educators & Staff “Choose JOY” at Opening In-Service
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
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Before the first day of school arrives for students, Greeneville City Schools’ educators and staff gather for professional development and the annual opening in-service. This year’s in-service started with a kick-off challenge to “Choose JOY!”

The day began with free donuts and coffee from Jo’s Donuts and Creamy Cup. DJ Robbie Britton kicked off the music, and Greeneville’s Teacher Leader Academy led games such as Minute to Win It, Corn Hole, Can Jam, and more! The Book Bus, which serves Greeneville City students during the summer, was there to offer one free professional development book to each educator and staff member.

The day continued with the Greeneville High School band and drum line forming a tunnel to lead all educators into the Niswonger Performing Arts Center for an excellent triple performance from Tennessee comedians Brian Bates, Leanne Morgan, and Henry Cho. Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Schools, then revealed his challenge to “find joy in the journey.” Dr. Moorhouse discussed the importance of a joyful mindset, living in harmony with one another, and expressing one’s appreciation. Dr. Moorhouse concluded with revealing the new mission of Greeneville City Schools: “To ensure Limitless Learning opportunities for ALL students by nurturing talent, inspiring curiosity, and fostering critical thinking through innovative programs of excellence.”

“I challenge each of you to contribute a verse that creates a timeless classic story of triumph no matter where you are in your career,” challenged Dr. Moorhouse, Director of Schools. “For some of you, you are writing your first chapter. For others, you are several chapters into your book. I hope each of you find joy in writing your journey!”

The program concluded with food trucks, music and the annual employee fair. The employee fair features vendors with resources for educators and staff including colleges, finance and insurance, health and fitness, and other vendors such as Barnes & Noble, the Greene County Partnership, and more!

“It was the most positive and uplifting opening in-service of the 23 that I have worked at GCS,” said GHS teacher Angela Wells. “Thank you for getting us all started on such a positive note for this school year.”