First year teacher benefits from mentoring

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT)- The first day of school can be stressful for teachers and if it is their first year teaching, it is even more stressful.

Starting a new job is intimidating for anyone, no matter what profession. Madison City Schools has a teacher mentoring program that aims to help first year teachers feel more comfortable when they arrive to their new job.

Kylie Henriksen is a 4th grade teacher at Mill Creek Elementary and she mentors Kimberly Harper who started teaching 2nd grade this year. "This is her first year teaching, so she has not been through any of the experiences that a veteran teacher would," says Henriksen. The mentor program is very helpful for first year teachers for several reasons. Ms. Henriksen helped Kimberly set up her classroom, get ready for the first day of school, prepare for open house, and was just there in case she had any questions.

Kimberly says she can't imagine getting through this year with out her mentor. "It has really been so helpful. Even something as simple as just having someone just check in on me," Kimberly explained.

Madison City Schools have seen a lot of benefits from the program. All new teachers, despite their experience, are assigned a mentor to help them make the transition to a new school. If anything, it always helps to have someone you can go to if you have any questions.


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