Baton Rouge teachers prepare for new school year

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 1:15pm

While students have spent the summer thinking about anything but school, their teachers have spent their break preparing for this year

As a school in the recovery school district, Glen Oaks has been one of the lower performing schools in the city. That's why teachers like Faye Baker are focusing their attention on making this the best year they can.

"I am a teacher, but I am also, in some ways, a personal coach, to make sure that I know what I can do to make sure they're completely successful and have everything they need to be successful," said 7th grade teacher Faye Baker.

Baker said she realizes her kids have to work harder than other kids to get up to level.

"We have to work just as hard, if not harder than some of their peers in order to make sure that they're successful and that we find that dream, find that goal and work towards it," explained Baker.

Principal Staughton Jennings said his teachers have been learning new things themselves all through the summer, and with this year seeing, it is important to work with each kids needs.

"We do want to remember that we want to meet our kids where they are. We want to deliver a rigorous instruction that will help develop them to meet those standards that their peers are accustomed to," explained Jennings.

But it is not all serious in the weeks leading up to school, Baker said she is taking time out today to decorate her classroom to welcome her new crop of 7th graders.

"It's kind of like the fung-shui in the house, you have to make sure it all flows, you have to make sure it smells good, it looks good. That way once you start off the school year with it clean and organized, the students tend to take more pride in keeping it organized with you," added Baker.

Glen Oaks will welcome back about 86 percent of its students this school year.

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