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New East Ridge Elementary School teachers Jonathan Berry and Sarah Ginsberg pose during Hamilton County Schools' New Teacher Signing Day. The district's induction team was ready to sign teachers up for orientation, the second annual New Teacher Academy, and even to help connect those who might be looking for a roommate.

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Dozens of people mingled in Finley Stadium's club room last Friday night as school names were called out — East Ridge, Soddy-Daisy, Tyner. As the schools were called out, new teachers who will be joining those schools this fall had their pictures taken and gathered together with all the fanfare of a college signing day.

The new teacher signing day was an event brainstormed by the school district's human resources department to bring together and celebrate first-year teachers and teachers who are joining Hamilton County Schools for the first time.

It is part of ongoing efforts this year to better attract, hire and retain teachers in Hamilton County and to "recruit from the first day until the first day [of school]," said Chief Talent Officer Keith Fogleman.

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