2020 Vision Cohort 1 – 2017
Introducing The Mentoring in Action Leadership Academy 2017
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School
Role in the District: Lead Teacher for Health Technologies.
Mentoring Title: Mentor Liaison
"This experience will allow me to collaborate with other mentors and get support from leaders from across the country. It is important for everyone to understand what an effective mentor program is and how it can help in retaining great teachers." Read Kathy's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Assistant Principal (Intermediate school grades 4-6)
Mentoring Title: Lead Mentor
"My hope is that my participation in 20/20 Vision will help me better utilize the resources, strategies, and tools, in a meaningful way so that mentoring aligns with standards and promotes effective teaching." Read Jill's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Manager for Educator Development, Mentoring, Induction and Professional Learning
Mentoring Title: Program Manager for Educator Development
"I am participating in this program to learn from others. Mentoring is so important and is not always allotted the time and resources to be successful. My goal is to create a district plan that is workable and sustainable." Read Chris' Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: History and Law Teacher in Chelsea
Mentoring Title: Lead Mentor for High School
"I hope to “pay it forward” by sharing the value and importance of mentor training with our current mentors and administrators. I have much more to learn to lead my team of mentors so they can be their best with our novice teachers. I look forward to being mentored in this Academy." Read Cristina's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: 6th Grade Science Teacher in Chelsea
Mentoring Title: Middle School Lead Mentor
"It is my hope that this Academy can provide me with the tools to better support novice teachers so we can improve teacher retention in Chelsea. My goal is to create a program to support teachers in their first three years of teaching." Read Stephanie's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Fourth Grade SEI Classroom Teacher
Mentoring Title: Lead Mentor for the MCB Elementary Complex and Early Learning Center
"The role of mentors is crucial to the support we provide to the new practitioners in our field. I want to make it easy for mentors and new teachers to share and reach out to each other for support." Read Carla's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Adam M. Ingano
Role in the District: History Teacher
Mentoring Title: Coordinator of New Teacher Mentoring
" I believe this Academy will challenge me to reflect on the past and chart a clear course for the future. The most important investment any district makes is in their new hires. This means the care and nurturing of new teachers is the best way to ensure that funding is wisely invested." Read Adam's Bio. Listen to his vision.
Role in the District: Chair, World Languages Department
Mentoring Title: High School Mentor Coordinator
"As an experienced teacher and department chair I offer support to novice teachers so they can support the students they teach. I will “pay it forward” by using the Mentoring in Action resources in a more systematic way and I will share what I am learning with others in my district." Read Iolanda's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Grade 7 English Language Arts Teacher
Mentoring Title: Lead Mentor Coordinator of Induction
"My goal is to create a sustainable practice of mentoring in our district. A program that will use the Mentoring in Action curriculum and align to current standards for effective teaching practices for Educator Evaluation." Read Susan's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Global Learning Charter School – New Bedford
Polly Pimentel Zajac
Role in the District: Grade 5 Science Teacer in New Bedford at Global Learning Charter School.
Mentoring Title: Mentor Coordinator
"I have taken all of the Mentoring in Action courses and I wanted to be part of the 20/20 Vision. My hope is to find new ways to engage our dedicated mentors and novice teachers so they can help the students learn." Read Polly's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: 6th Grade Math Teacher.
Mentoring Title: Mentor
"I have learned new and systematic ways to make mentoring meetings more meaningful for both mentors and novice teachers. I want to learn more ways to support mentors so they in turn can support their novice teachers." Read Adam's Bio. Listen to his vision.
Role in the District: Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Mentoring Title: District Mentor Coordinator
"Our district has embraced Mentoring in Action and has a three year model with lots of supports, community building, and teacher leadership. I am in 20/20 because I want to make our program even better." Read Jenn's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: 7th Grade ELA Teacher
Mentoring Title: Mentor Facilitator in Newton Pubic Schools at F.A. Day Middle a School
"I chose to participate because, like most educators, I believe it is essential that I continue to educate myself in my role as a mentor facilitator. I would like to take my work with new teachers and mentors to the next level. I really think there are gaps that exist in our program in Newton. I would really like to better serve." Read Jenna' Bio. Listen to her vision.
Sabis Educational System
Role in the District: I work with Asst. Principals who supervise the instructors in their district.
Mentoring Title: Regional Academic Quality Controller
"I think it is critical to provide support and guidance to new teachers. By developing the skills of the assistant principals, they can impact not only the teachers they work with, but in turn those teachers will become better instructors for their students." Read Zandrina's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Transition Coordinator
Mentoring Title: District Mentoring and Induction Leader
"I have been involved with Mentoring in Action since RTTT Project SUCCESS and appreciate the quality initiatives that have helped me grow personally and professionally. My goal is to create a curriculum for non-classroom personnel as well as a blog to inspire teachers at all levels." Read Janet's Bio. Listen to her vision.
South Eastern Regional Vocational Technical
Role in the District: I teach Visual Design and Communication: Design Elements and Principles, Illustration Skills, Photography, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign at South Eastern Regional Vocational Technical.
Mentoring Title: Lead Mentor and Facilitator for Third Year Mentees.
"I am hoping to share what I learn about mindfulness with mentors and novice teachers so they can minimize stress. My goal is to have a greater impact on mentors and novice teachers as well as to gain insight into my own personal journey and future." Read Shirley's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Social Studies, primary course taught – The Holocaust and Human Behavior
Mentoring Title: Mentor (8 years)
"I truly believe in the concept of “paying it forward” and the more qualified mentors we can train will create a culture of mentoring. In this course I hope to expand my own 20/20 vision of mindfulness and use my experience as a yoga teacher to support other teachers." Read Amy's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: High School English, and am also the school's Career Facilitator in the Guidance Department
Mentoring Title: District Mentor Coordinator
"I continue to learn and deepen my knowledge of mentoring so getting together with other like-minded teacher leaders and the best coaches in the country too--- certainly appeals to me! I hope to speak at conferences and expand our program to support novice teachers beyond year one."Read Maryanne's Bio. Listen to her vision.
Role in the District: Preschool teacher
Mentoring Title: District Mentor Trainor
"I have two passions, one is teaching and the other is mentoring. I believe this 20/20 Vision course and Mentoring in Action Leadership Academy will provide me with new ideas about how to grow my own practice and help to guide the practice of others. My goal is to grow a mentor training and induction program in my district using the Mentoring in Action curriculum resources." Read Mary-Margaret's Bio. Listen to her vision.