In preparation for the upcoming school year, the William Floyd School District once again held its New Teacher Institute (NTI), a series of professional development workshops for the district’s non-tenured teachers. The three-day event is highlighted by a bus tour through local communities for the district’s first year teachers which is designed to give them a crash course in local history and an up-close opportunity to see where William Floyd students reside.
The tour, led by William Floyd High School history teacher Ron Gross, brought the teachers through the district’s residential neighborhoods and involved a lesson on the area’s rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War. Brief stops along the 90-minute tour included the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley Beach, Smith Point County Park, the TWA Flight 800 Memorial, the Village of Mastic Beach and the William Floyd Estate – the former home of William Floyd, one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence. The teachers also had the opportunity to see the devastating effects that Superstorm Sandy had upon the barrier beaches and some of the lower-lying communities.
“The William Floyd community is steeped in American history,” said Kevin Coster, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Instruction and Administration, William Floyd School District. “This bus tour gives our newest teachers a glimpse into that deep and rich tradition while building a sense of pride in our community. It also serves as an opportunity to see where their students come from.”