Welcome Back Staff

Welcome Back, Instructional Staff!
Posted on 09/03/2019

Nearly 350 teachers, aides, therapists and other instructional staff members returned to MOBOCES today to kick off the 2019-20 school year. During the first of two Superintendent’s Conference Days, staff reconnected with colleagues and worked in their divisions to prepare for classes to begin on Thursday.

District Superintendent Jackie Starks focused on teachers’ impact on the students they teach and the successes of MOBOCES students and programs because of the dedication of our instructional staff.

“We have a team of passionate leaders and teachers with the desire to bring the very best opportunities to our learners and to make a sincere difference in their lives,” she said.

This year’s keynote speaker was Shadrack Boakye, who shared his story of growing up in war-torn Liberia and overcoming hardships after immigrating to the United States. He struggled in school and was unable to read, but his 8th grade English teacher took an interest in him, encouraged his writing and supported his goals. He is now an accomplished debate champion, public speaker, author, playwright and performer.

He received a standing ovation at the end of his 45-minute presentation, and he received compliments and hugs afterward from many staff members who were moved by his words.

common chords  opening day

MOBOCES house band The Common Chords joined teaching assistant Tom Lemery for his annual infection control song, this year rewriting the lyrics to Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” They came back for a special performance celebrating Starks’ upcoming retirement – new lyrics to "Thank You For Being A Friend" by Andrew Gold.

Staff will spend Wednesday in training workshops and planning meetings, and students will return Thursday.