Saginaw school district teachers and staff geared up for the beginning of the academic year. They showed up for a motivational meeting at the Dow Events Center on Tuesday.
Terry Metiva, a teacher at Arthur Hill High School, received a shout out at the district's big motivational meeting. Metiva was appointed to a group that's working to improve student achievement.
Tuesday, the teachers discussed ways to bump up test scores and also the creation of a parent workshop.
Metiva said he's been teaching for 25 years. "It's changed a whole lot in 25 years," said Metiva. "But the one thing that hasn't changed is that you still see students, and students are still excited about learning. And I look forward every year to the new group to give them the things that I've learned through the years, and you improve over time."
Metiva isn't the only district employee excited for the school year to start.
School bus driver Linda Box, a driver for 12 years, also can't wait to see students again. "I like to greet my kids when they get on the bus," said Box. "I like for them to know that I care about them and, I don't know, I just love my kids."
Meanwhile, Metiva has some advice for first-year teachers. "Keeping a sense of humor," said Metiva. "I think that's really important, because if you can't laugh at yourself and with your students, then it's going to be a tough job."
Saginaw public schools open a week from Tuesday.