Almost 60 new teachers, who will serve in classrooms in Neosho schools, at Crowder College, and at the Neosho Christian School, boarded school buses for the 50th annual Neosho New Teachers' Tour on Wednesday and toured the town where they will teach.

Almost 60 new  teachers, who will serve in classrooms in Neosho schools, at Crowder College, and at the Neosho Christian School, boarded school buses for the 50th annual Neosho New Teachers' Tour on Wednesday and toured the town where they will teach.
The annual event is sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce, with several local sponsors who helped make it possible.
Teachers saw the sights of Neosho, heard some local history highlights, and made a few stops while riding on a pair of bright yellow Neosho school buses. Three local individuals, Tammy Boyt, Dr. Roy Shaver, and Tom Higdon, served as tour guides for the teachers as they explored their new community.
Tom Higdon has been part of the tours for what he called 40-plus years.
"I always enjoy being with the new teachers and sharing history and education information,” he said. "I'm a lifelong Neosho resident and I've learned a lot through being here. I like to share it with others so they can hear about the good history of Neosho.  I enjoy sharing it with the new teachers because Neosho has a great history that they can share with your students."
Some of the stops  on the annual tour included the Newton County Historical Museum, the Neosho-Newton County Library, the Newton County Courthouse, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, the YMCA and Crowder College.
Crowder College hosted a luncheon for the teachers at noon with several local sponsors.  Several local businesses and their representatives had a sixty-second opportunity to explain how they could work with the local schools as a community partner in a new program beginning this year.
One of the new teachers in Neosho this year is Samuel Hardy, who will teach 7th and 8th grade match in the new Neosho Junior High School. Although the 2017-18 school year will be Hardy's first in Neosho, he previously taught mathematics in Carl Junction. Hardy is a graduate of both Carl Junction High School and Pittsburg State University.
"So, I am familiar with the area," Hardy said, "Joplin, Carl Junction, that's home."
As one of the first teachers at the new school, Hardy anticipates a great year teaching young Wildcats.
"I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I'm anxious to get started."
The first day of school in Neosho is Wednesday, Aug. 16.  Students at the Neosho Christian School begin classes on Aug. 17 and the Crowder College fall semester starts on Monday, Aug. 21.