Bay County-- The 2011-2012 school year is upon us as thousands of Bay County students converged on school campuses Monday morning.
With pep in their step and a little longer kiss goodbye, students in Bay County headed back to the classroom this morning.
It didn't seem to take too long for the kids and teachers to slip right back into the swing of things. But in one Patronis Elementary class, there are a lot of firsts.
It's the first day of Pre-K for the students and the beginning of a career for Ms. Phillips.
"It's very exciting. I've been looking forward for this forever. I feel like I’ve been preparing myself for so many years in school and it's just finally here. I finally have my own classroom and I’m finally able to be hands on with the students and really get in there and do what I’m supposed to be doing right now," said 1st year teacher, Tiffany Phillips.
"For teachers beginning their career, I know they are very nervous and they really, they plan, they've been through school but until you've been through that first day you just never know exactly what it's going to be like," said Principal of Patronis Elementary School.
Bay District administrators are urging fathers to take an active role in their children's educations as well.
They're asking them to take their kids to school at least one day this week as part of the million father march.
The National Fatherhood Initiative organized the march, saying a father's involvement at school is directly linked to a student success.