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LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

Dozens of new teachers will fill classrooms in Lee County this school year.

The new recruits, along with many other Lee County educators got a warm welcome during orientation Wednesday.

"I'm new to this area, but it's been very overwhelming with people and they're showing us how much they appreciate us during this time," says special education teacher Jana Smith. "And it is very exciting and I'm just very thankful."

Jana is one of many new faces joining the Lee County School system.

"We have 37 new teachers joining our system this year," says Lee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Lawrence Walters. "For the most part, these folks are replacing folks that retired, or where their spouse maybe transferred; that type of thing. But we got some great teachers.  We're very fortunate in Lee County,"   

The school system rolled out the red carpet to welcome the new teachers.

Walters also said education is what they are all about in Lee County.

"That's our family and it truly is a family. The community, the city of Leesburg, the county of Lee County and the school system, the business community, ah everyone pulls together and they're joining a team," said Walters.

Some of the new teachers went through the Lee County School system themselves, and actually came back to teach in some of the same class rooms they learned in.

"I went to school here, graduated in 2008 from the high school up there and then continued on," says math teacher Heather Lawton. "[I] Got my degree in middle education and came back and got a job at the Lee County Middle School West Campus."

She's also joining the seventh grade teaching staff, and is looking forward to finally having her own class room.

"Been working pretty much all summer, you know, with the little things- the details that you have to get ready for the students.  They're getting ready for you, and you gotta be prepared when you get there," says Lawton.

With any luck, the excitement filling the building could spill into the class rooms and energize the students for a new year.

The superintendent says the new teachers represent the best of the hundreds of people who applied.

He says administrators sorted through an average of 40 applications per opening.

The Lee County School System is also opening a new elementary school and a new middle school.

The first day of class for Lee County is August 9th.

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