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Byline: Lori Higgins
Sep. 3--Julie Hamann should be nervous. When the school year begins Tuesday, she'll be leading her own classroom for the first time.
But as she put name tags on her students' desks, put the finishing touches on colorful bulletin boards and got her classroom organized last week, Hamann was surprisingly calm. "I'm not nervous about the teaching part of it, because I taught throughout the summer. I've been around kids all summer long," said Hamann, 23, a third-grade teacher at Twin Beach Elementary School in Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.
Hamann is one of several thousand teachers who will begin their first full-time teaching jobs when the 2006-07 school year officially starts in most Michigan districts. And with national statistics showing that nearly half of all teachers abandon the profession within five years, …