More than 60 new teachers in the Neosho School District, Neosho Christian School and Crowder College participated in Wednesday's 51st Annual New Teacher's Tour.

More than 60 new teachers in the Neosho School District, Neosho Christian School and Crowder College participated in Wednesday's 51st Annual New Teacher's Tour.

The tour started at 8:30 a.m., with a brief introductions and then the new teachers boarded one of two school busses, as tour guides Dr. Roy Shaver and Tim Booyer told them about Neosho's history and key places in the city. At noon, they went to Crowder College, where lunch was provided, along with introductions by area community leaders on how they could partner with the new educators in the community.

One of the new teachers on the tour was Kyle Wood, high school social studies teacher. Wood will be teaching a couple of government classes and freshmen American history.

"I grew up in Ft. Worth (Texas), both of my parents were teachers," he said. "I went to school at University of Arkansas, I taught at a couple of places in Southwest Missouri - Cassville, Monett, and now Neosho."

This is Wood's 13th year as an educator. He said he will also help coach the football and baseball.

Stops made on the tour were at the Newton County Courthouse to view the historic murals, the Neosho-Newton County Library, Newton County Historical Society, the Neosho National Fish Hatchery and the Neosho Freeman Family YMCA. 

As far as the tour, Wood said it was very beneficial.

"I saw a lot of cool stuff, just being a history guy, probably my favorite part was the (Newton County) museum and the one-room classroom and the cabin (both at the historical museum), there is a history there," he said.

In his other districts he has worked in, Wood said there have been no tours like this one.

"We have (received) like a gift bags," Wood said. "But like a tour that (highlights) the city, no. This is pretty cool. You could tell it took a lot of work getting it together."

Advice to students

School starts in Neosho on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

"(My advice) is to come in with an open mind," said Wood. "Some students don't have the best mindset coming into the new school year. Teachers are rested, ready to go. Just come in and be ready to work."