New Educator Bootcamp Offers Classroom Success Basics; Next Session in October

Nine new-to-the-profession educators from southwest Idaho soaked in basics of classroom success at Idaho Education Association’s New Educator Bootcamp over two recent weekends.

Led by IEA region directors and open to IEA members, the two-day training is geared to educators in the first three to five years of teaching. Over two Saturdays, participants dive into topics like state educational standards, classroom management and educator resilience. 

“While we put this class together for new educators, it includes insights and advice that even seasoned educators find valuable,” said Brooke Calderon, region director in IEA’s Western Region Operating Center, a former educator and coordinator of the training. For now, this opportunity is only available to IEA members working in southwest Idaho school districts.

The next New Educator Bootcamp session for southwest Idaho IEA members is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 and Saturday, October 15. Classes run 8 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.


Madeline Wall

Madeline Wall participated in the Bootcamp class earlier this month. 

While this is her third year as a fourth grade teacher, Wall just moved to Wilson Elementary for the current school year. She also joined IEA last month after encouragement from her new colleagues and attending an IEA event for the school’s new teachers. She was a bit surprised by her new colleagues’ support after spending her first two years in the classroom at another school feeling largely unsupported amid pandemic’s early uncertainty.

“I attended the new teacher orientation and was so grateful to have someone there giving me insight and telling me what was going on,” Wall said. When she heard about the bootcamp training, she jumped at the chance. For her, learning about the how other more experienced educators handle various situations is the best part of the training.

“It’s so great to get new ideas and to hear about what works for others and what doesn’t,” Wall said.

Dave Johnson

Another Bootcamp participant, Dave Johnson, is a first-year educator at Lake Hazel Middle School. After 19 years as a human resources professional in California, he and his wife moved to Idaho last year for her new teaching role at the school. He began substitute teaching, thinking he could search for a new role in HR at the same time. But he became more and more involved at the school and teaching stuck. He joined IEA he was hired to teach 8th grade science full-time at Lake Hazel this year.

Now the 39-year-old first-year educator is soaking up as much knowledge as he can.

“I’m really working to make myself better at this — to improve myself,” he said during a break at last Saturday’s training. “It’s what of I expect of my students, so why not myself?”

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