By: Lanetra Bennett
August 13, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - While students in Georgia are already back in the classroom, teachers in Florida are prepping for another busy year.
They're using this final week to gear up for students.
Fourth grade teacher Brynn Wallace says the first thing she does when she comes back to school from summer break is catch up with colleagues.
"Then we get right to work." She says.
Leon County teachers are back in the classrooms this week preparing for students' first day of school August 19th.
Wallace, who teaches at Canopy Oaks Elementary in Tallahassee, is taking this week to set up her classroom, clean, and the much appreciated task of filling the classroom candy jar.
Wallace says, "It's always a little nerve wracking. I definitely lose lots of sleep the night before the first day of school every year. But, the students are so excited when they walk in the door. They just want to give hugs. They're excited to figure out what they're going to learn and who their teachers are, which friends are in their classrooms."
Some teachers have more work than others before they're ready for students to return to their desks.
Kim Cloud says, "I've had to do a lot of unpacking, rearranging, going through organizing, sorting. So, I've actually been here for two weeks even though this is our official first week back. Getting desks organized, getting our lesson plans ready for students."
Cloud has been extra busy because she's switching from teaching 4th to 5th grade at Canopy Oaks.
Cloud adds, "Meetings, meetings, and meetings. But, it's fun. I'm glad to be back."
Most of our area Florida schools start Monday, August 19th.