by Lisa Tome
There is a mailbox at Rising Sun Middle School with Erin Covert's name on it.
Covert, 26, who had worked as a long term substitute at the school, is now an official staff member. Back in July, she was hired as a sixth grade language arts and special education teacher. "I knew they were looking to fill positions. It was a matter of waiting for them to call me for an interview," said Covert.
She already knows her way around. Covert attended the school in the late 1990s. She graduated from Rising Sun High School in 2005. She then attended Cecil College for two years before heading to West Chester University. She graduated in 2009. Since that time she worked at Upper Bay Counseling and was a substitute teacher.
"Some of my teachers are still here. Michelle Korn was my language arts teacher," said Covert. Dr. David Hastings, an administrator at the school also taught Covert music when she was in elementary school.
She interviewed for several positions but said RSMS was her first choice.
"I am looking forward to meeting the students and getting the first day jitters over with," Covert said.
She is just one of the 77 new Cecil County Public Schools teachers who started work last week.
Of those newly hired, 13 graduated from the University of Delaware. Eleven graduated from Wilmington University. Thirty eight have earned a master's degree, 39 have a bachelor's. Eleven completed student teaching requirements in the county. A dozen students graduated from county high schools - one each from Bo Manor, Elkton, and Perryville High. Four are North East High graduates. Five are from Rising Sun High.