A high quality mentor is essential when beginning a new teaching job.
All new staff members, regardless of their years of teaching experience,
are assigned a mentor for their first year in Garden City. Mentors are
required to attend training on mentoring issues and techinques to
prepare them to meet the needs of our new teachers. By using a
month-by-month checklist of topics, the mentor strives to be one step
ahead of questions that new staff may have. Mentors and mentees meet
weekly (if not more frequently) to support the new teacher as he/she
becomes familiar with our curriculum, programs, and procedures.
Experienced, certified teachers/staff will give professional support
and continuous assistance to teachers/staff members that are new to the
profession or new to the district.
Experienced teachers/staff use collaboration, modeling and coaching to
orienate new teachers to the profession or new to the district
teachers/staff to the school setting. Participation in a continuous
learning community will encourage professional growth and will promote
teacher recruitment and retention.
- Improve student achievement by promoting the professional and personal well-being of teachers
- Assist new teachers in all areas
- Enhance the professional knowledge and skills of new and experienced teachers
- Aid in the recruitment and retention of new teachers
- Introduce and sustain the district's and building's culture and philosophy