Skip Navigation LinksCherry Creek School District > District News > More than 320 New CCSD Teachers Welcomed at Annual Event
Print this page

More than 320 New CCSD Teachers Welcomed at Annual Event

New Teacher Orientation booklets displayed during event on Aug. 2.​A sense of  déjà vu hits Chelsea Willman when she passes the choir room at Horizon Community Middle School.

Willman will begin her teaching career at Horizon next week in the language arts department, but it won't be her first experience in the building. From 2005 to 2008, Willman was a student at the school, a proud Husky who found inspiration, direction and a sense of purpose thanks to the teaching staff and resources at Horizon. She spent countless hours rehearsing and performing the Horizon choir room; the teachers and counselors at the school gave her the tools she needed to succeed at Smoky Hill High School and in college.

Willman sees her nascent teaching career in the Cherry Creek School District as a way to give back.

"The reason I chose Horizon was that I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much," Willman said as she joined 326 fellow first-year teachers at Eaglecrest High School on Aug. 2 for the district's annual New Teacher Orientation event.



Willman was one of 40 Cherry Creek School District alums and hundreds of other new instructors who reported to the orientation event that served as a precursor to first-year teaching posts across the district. The group of 327 new teachers included 91 new arrivals to Colorado, dozens of seasoned teachers heading to Cherry Creek Schools from other districts and 74 freshly minted professionals just starting their careers.

No matter their background, each new arrival shared a similar love for the profession and credentials that helped them stand out.

"Welcome to the Cherry Creek School District. We picked you because you are the best," Cherry Creek School District Superintendent Harry Bull told the crowd that gathered in the Eaglecrest auditorium. "I don't think that there's any more important profession than this. I'm proud to be an educator, and at Cherry Creek, we're about excellence."About 40 Cherry Creek School District alums pose during New Teacher Orientation event held on Aug. 2, 2016.

Bull wasn't the only one to welcome the group to the district during the orientation. Attendees arrived to a raucous welcome from Eaglecrest cheerleaders, band members and student government representatives, all of whom formed a friendly gauntlet outside of the school doors. The morning's program included presentations from the district's leadership team, board of education and executive directors. From an in-depth view of the Cherry Creek School District's Performance Plan to input from Sheryl Cunningham, president of the Cherry Creek Education Association, the orientation touched on all aspects of the district operation.

It was all part of a mindful welcome, one that emphasized the importance of group's role in the daily operation of a school district comprising more than 54,000 students.

"You are the most important commodity we have in this district," said Todd Fukai, assistant superintendent of human resources for the district. "I'm asking you to strive to be the best teacher you can."


Posted 8/2/2016 12:51 PM

“The reason I chose (to teach) at Horizon Community Middle School was that I wanted to give back to the community that gave me so much.”

-- Chelsea Willman, first-year teacher and former HCMS student.


Copyright © Cherry Creek School District #5, 4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 | 303-773-1184
Cherry Creek School District No. 5 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in admission to its programs, services or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Cherry Creek School District No. 5 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance officer: District Compliance Officer or directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region VIII, Federal Office Building 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite #310, Denver, CO 80204.

You are now leaving the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) portal. Please note that CCSD does not control nor can it guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness of any content contained on web sites and/or pages outside of the official CCSD portal. The information or opinions contained on these web sites and/or pages do not necessarily represent the views of the CCSD.

With access to the internet comes the availability of material that may not be of educational value or appropriate for students. While at school, CCSD has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate or harmful web sites. However, on the internet it is impossible to control all materials and limit all access to information that has no educational value. CCSD firmly believes that the valuable information and the interaction available on the internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the educational goals of CCSD.