Lunchboxes are not the only things new in school halls as September has arrived and the school year approaches.
Every year, a wave of new teachers greet students and prepare their curricula, and perhaps most importantly, prepare, for the very first time, their own special classrooms.
For Lindsay Guilz, who will be teaching 10th- and 11th-grade math at Shaker High School, setting up her own classroom is only one of many exciting aspects of her first year as a teacher in the North Colonie Central School District.
This will be Guilz's first year teaching following her graduation with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University at Albany and a master's degree from Sage College at Albany.
She first started working with the North Colonie Central School District after getting involved with a home-instruction program through the district in which she had been tutoring students who were being instructed at home.
From there, she learned of the district's reputation and decided she was interested in applying.
It was definitely one of the schools I was interested in working at, and I felt that it was a good fit for me, and it was a good fit for them, she said.
Jay Deirlein, another new teacher to the district, also said the district's reputation is what drove him to apply to work in the North Colonie Central School District.
"I know that the district has a tradition of excellence so it's going to be a challenge," he said.
Before coming to North Colonie, Deirlein was a part-time teacher at Troy High School. Prior to that, he had worked as a long-term substitute at the Burnt Hills Middle School after achieving both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University at Albany.
This year, he will be teaching 9th- and 10th-grade English at Shaker High School.