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Waterloo Schools hire 100 new teachers

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For Naomi Moore, a first-year teacher in Waterloo, the first few weeks of school have been “crazy, but good.”

Moore is one of many fresh new faces at Walter Cunningham School for Excellence, an elementary school in Waterloo. It’s Moore’s first job out of school.

She’s not the only fresh face around, either – this year, Waterloo school hired over 100 new educators.

Moore teaches second grade special education, and is learning a lot in her new post. She said it’s been pretty exciting, too, because the whole second grade staff at Cunningham is new as well.

"We really rely on each other I think,” Moore said. “But it's good, it's good."

Waterloo school officials said that the influx of new staff has helped them to expand their special needs programs. It’s also brought in some new perspectives.

"The nice thing about it, is each teacher will have that excitement, energy and enthusiasm that they will bring into the classroom,” said Tara Thomas of the Waterloo School District. “So we hope that it just keeps moving the district forward in terms of all the fun and exciting thing we have going on."

Back with Moore, she is just excited to be teaching in her first job out of school. Classes at Cunningham started a few weeks ago, and now, she’s starting to get into the swing of things.

"Even if I have kind of a rough day at school, I still love my job, and I'm excited to come everyday and see the kids,” she said. “They have interesting thing to say, especially at second grade."

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