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Mentor Teacher Program

Mentor Teacher Program

In the Leavenworth Unified School District 453 Mentor Teacher Program, beginning teachers are paired with a more experienced teacher or, in some cases, with a team of experienced teachers, for guidance and support. Mentors are available to answer questions, observe classes, problem solve, and talk confidentially to new teachers about the challenges they may be facing in the classroom. The purpose of the relationship, ultimately, is not just to support the new teacher, but also to maximize his or her effectiveness in the classroom. During the first year, beginning teachers may meet several times a month with their mentor to collaborate on teaching strategies, curriculum, assessment, classroom management practices, and professional/educational development.  

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mentor Teacher Program is to provide high quality instruction for students by ensuring the success and on-going growth of teachers.


The purpose of the Mentor Teacher Program is to orient the novice teacher to the educational environment and share the vision of the profession by modeling and encouraging best practice through collaboration, collegiality and participation in a professional learning community.


Improve teaching performance
Enhance student achievement
Increase teacher retention
Promote novice well-being
Transmit the culture
Increase collegiality