The goal of the mentor program is to provide support and services
for new teachers resulting in retention, quality
instruction, and student achievement.
Mentor Program Participants
Campus Administrator - Our principals take a special
interest in their new teachers. They set the tone of the campus
mentoring program by creating a supportive, nurturing environment.
They also strive to select the best possible mentor match for each new teacher.
Mentor Program Coordinator - The district mentor program is overseen by the Director of Professional Learning who works with the building
mentor liaisons on all campuses. The director identifies and
secures helpful resources for mentors and new teachers.
Mentor Liaison - The mentor liaison is an exemplary
educator identified by the campus administrator, and he or she may work closely with the Director of Professional Leaning to support the mentors on each campus.
The mentor liaison gathers information, serves as a mentor teacher,
and works with the mentors and new teachers on the
Mentor Teacher - An exemplary educator
is selected by the campus administrator to work on a regular basis
with one or more teachers new to the PISD. Their major role is to
support and guide the new teacher throughout the first year.
New Teacher - Our new teachers work with the assigned mentor and complete a variety of helpful
recommended mentor program activities. The campus administrator,
mentor, and mentor liaison also help support
the new teacher. The type of support and activities may vary based
on the campus new teacher's needs and/or experience.
Mentor Program Support Aids
Mentor - Each new teacher is assigned a mentor
to help support and guide him or her as they begin their career
with the PISD.
Books - Campuses have purchased books that are
helpful for new teachers. In addition, they are available for individual
purchase through a local bookstore.
Web sites - Web sites that are helpful to new
teachers have been identified.
Classes - Various professional development support sessions are offered throughout
the year in the PISD.
Individualized Help - Extra support may be requested
through the mentor liaison, building administrator, or mentor
program director. Individual requests are considered and a variety of support opportunities are made available.
Feedback - Input and feedback are sought annually
from the new teachers, mentors, and mentor liaisons to improve the program for optimum success.