SJSD Welcomes Students, Teachers to New Schools

SJSD Welcomes Students, Teachers to New Schools

Carden Park and Oak Grove opened Monday, the first new schools for the district in more than 40 years.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Shaking off those back to school jitters doesn't come easy for everyone, especially if you're a new teacher.

"I'm just as nervous as they are. We're all in this together, and we'll get through this together," said Tara Finley, Kindergarten teacher at Carden Park.

This is Finley's first year ever teaching, and she is fortunate enough to begin her career at one of the newest schools built in St. Joseph in more than 40 years.

"I never thought in a million years that my first day teaching would be at a brand new school. Not very many people can say that they got that opportunity," she said.

"She was here early, she was prepared. Most of all, she's caring, and I think that's what parents, and administrators look for in teachers." said Lacey Adams, Carden Park principal.

At Oak Grove Elementary, students and teachers are not only getting used to new faces, they're also navigating a brand new building as well.

"I think it's gonna be good for the rest of the year I'm hoping, so that's how I want it to be," said Cooper Hayes, 6th grader.

Teachers are looking forward to learning and growing with the kids and students are thrilled with their new surroundings.

"The community, the teachers, parents, kids.  We're all in this together and just the idea of opening up this new school, the excitement was tremendous.  This never gets old but it added a little extra because it's new," said Michael Otto, Oak Grove principal.

Many students took advantage of last week's open house to meet their teachers before the first day.

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