Guest Post: The Importance of Mentors for Educators

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

By Susan Stone Kessler, Ed.D., April M. Snodgrass, M.Ed., and Andrew T. Davis, Ed.D., authors of the forthcomingThe Principal’s Survival Guide

Susan Stone Kessler, Ed.D. Susan Stone Kessler, Ed.D. Are you a new principal? A new teacher? Or do you work with people who are new to the education field? Then you have probably already realized the importance of a mentor. January is National Mentoring Month, which makes it a perfect time to consider why mentors are so important—and what to look for in one.

For New Principals
If you are a new principal, you’ll want to find a mentor separate from the leader who supervises you. Why? An ideal mentor—an experienced principal who works at the school down the road or across the world—has developed time-saving ideas for how to do your job. The experienced principal has already perfected questions for interviewing teachers, developed the best way to involve school personnel in…

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