The back-to-school season brings lots of "firsts" for students and teachers: first day, first time teaching and new schools.
WDBJ7 spoke with Michael Dant, who is teaching Algebra I and Math 8 at Read Mountain Middle School.
This is his first teaching job. Dant says his student teaching training has helped prepare him to engage a classroom for more than an hour. He will teach about 80 eighth graders this school year.
Dant says his goal is to make math fun, something he says is challenging to do. But he has planned several interactive lessons to make the subject easier to understand.
For the student's perspective, WDBJ7 spoke to Olivia Baker, who starts high school at James River High in Botetourt County on Tuesday. Baker says she's excited to make new friends and seek new learning opportunities.
But starting high school also comes with some concerns. Baker says it will be an adjustment for her to navigate a new school.
Back-to-school time can also be a challenge for parents, whether they're sending off their children to kindergarten or college for the first time.
Sara Milko's daughter starts kindergarten on Tuesday. Milko says it's important for parents to be encouraging and show excitement for their children, despite any nervousness parents themselves may have. She says kids are more likely to be enthusiastic about school with that support.
Milko adds that she puts faith in the staff and those watching over her daughter during the school day.