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The GCPS Experience: First Year

teacher sitting on the floor reading to kids

When someone is considering a career or job change, one of the most common thoughts is, “if only I knew someone there, I could get the inside scoop.” Well, consider this the next best thing. We wanted to give people who are interested in opportunities at GCPS the chance to hear from someone who is relatively new (first year).

Recently, we asked Sarah Tumlin, a graduate from Georgia Gwinnett College and 4th-grade teacher at Baggett Elementary School in Lawrenceville, to share her experience in a brief Q&A session.

What attracted you to GCPS?

There were multiple things. First, there was the culture. GCPS is a melting pot of different backgrounds, and I found that very appealing. Also, the district is more advanced in their content, which challenges both students and teachers. That keeps everyone growing, and I love that.

What was the biggest challenge in your first year?

I’d have to say earning English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Certification. However, it was a challenge that I gladly accepted. It’s crucial that we learn how to reach all of our students.

What would you tell teachers who are considering GCPS?

I would offer them a few words of encouragement. Everyone here is incredibly supportive, and they make sure that you have plenty of growth opportunities. I was also impressed about how they helped me find the school that fit me rather than just putting me in a school where there was a great need. GCPS does a great job of setting you up for success in every way.

What are you most looking forward to as you continue your career?

I cannot wait to go back and earn my master’s degree and keep growing with my team!

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