Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ for Mentors:

 

What are the goals of the Hobbs Municipal Schools mentoring program?

·        To support new teachers to the District

·        To strengthen new teacher skills, competence, and confidence

·        To improve student learning by providing all students with well prepared teachers

·        To improve school climate through professional growth for all educators

·        To improve the quality of instruction by assuring that all teachers experience professional success

·        To provide the support infrastructure necessary to retain quality teachers

 

Why are beginning teachers assigned to a mentor?

·        To support teachers new to the profession.

·        The state of NM mandates that a beginning teacher is mentored at least one year within his first three years of teaching.

·        In order for a Level I teacher to move to a Level II in the NM 3-Tiered licensure structure, proof of mentorship is required.

·        As a district, the goals of mentoring also include teacher retention and support in improving teacher practice.


How are mentors chosen?

After completing a self-survey to determine if a teacher has the characteristics of an effective mentor, a Level II or a Level III teacher interested in becoming a mentor must complete an application package that includes three recommendations. Of the three recommendations, one must be from the teacher’s site principal or assistant principal. The other two recommendations must come from colleagues who are familiar with the applicant’s teaching skills. These documents, along with previous and current evaluation documents are then used to determine the suitability of the applicant as a mentor teacher. The mentor coordinator and the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel make the final selection from qualified applicants to meet the needs of the new teachers in the district.

 

Are the three references mandatory?

Yes. The three references are mandatory for the application package to be accepted.

 

Will I be mentoring someone at my site?

The HMS Mentoring program is site based. We feel that the new teacher will benefit most if his/her mentor is available at his/her school site.

  

How many people will I be asked to mentor?

The mentoring program is designed so that one mentor is able to effectively mentor as many as three teachers. The model is designed to be collaborative in nature.

 

How are mentors assigned to new teachers?

Mentors are matched with up to three beginning teachers at their site. Unlike other mentoring models, we do not purposely match mentors based on grade level or content area.

 

Why don’t we match our mentors and new teachers by grade level or content area?

Mentors are chosen, in part, because they are considered experts in pedagogy. Pedagogy is considered to be universal in teaching. With this in mind, we do not match them by grade level or content area because new teachers will be collaborating with their colleagues by grade level and/or content area throughout the year during weekly PLC meetings and during monthly District PLC meetings such as grade level meetings and curriculum meetings. With these two support systems in place, we feel that the new teacher is getting the best of two support systems to meet their needs.

 

Do I get any training to be a mentor?

All mentors will receive mentor training before school starts and periodically throughout the year. This training is mandatory and is required by the Public Education Department.

 

Do I have to be a Level III teacher to be a mentor?

It is preferred that all mentors have a Level III license; however, Level II teachers will be assigned if they are determined to be an appropriate mentor for the beginning teacher. Level I teachers do not qualify to be a mentor.

 

Do I receive compensation for being a mentor?

Mentors receive $150.00 a semester/per beginning teacher.


 

FAQ for Beginning Teachers:

 

Who is eligible for the Hobbs Municipal Schools mentoring program?

The mentoring program is mandatory for all teachers newly hired by the Hobbs Municipal Schools, who are new to the profession, are second semester teachers, or are second year teachers new to HMS. Level I teachers coming to Hobbs Muncipal Schools from another state will also participate in our mentoring program.

 

What are the goals of the Hobbs Municipal Schools mentoring program?

·        To support new teachers to the District

·        To strengthen new teacher skills, competence, and confidence

·        To improve student learning by providing all students with well prepared teachers

·        To improve school climate through professional growth for all educators

·        To improve the quality of instruction by assuring that all teachers experience professional success

·        To provide the support infrastructure necessary to retain quality teachers

 

Why are mentors assigned to beginning teachers?

·        To support teachers new to the profession.

·        The state of NM mandates that a beginning teacher is mentored at least one year within his first three years of teaching.

·        In order for a Level I teacher to move to a Level II in the NM 3-Tiered licensure structure, proof of mentorship is required.

·        As a district, the goals of mentoring also include teacher retention and support in improving teacher practice.

 

How are beginning teachers paired with mentors?

Beginning teachers are paired with Level III or Level II teachers who have been chosen as qualified mentors through an application process requiring demonstration of excellent pedagogy in their classroom.

 

How long will I be mentored?

Mentoring will last one full year.

 

How often will I meet with my mentor?

Mentors are beginning teachers are required to hold scheduled mentor meetings once a week for the first nine weeks, bi-weekly during the second nine weeks, and monthly for the third and fourth nine weeks. However, these requirements are considered a minimum and mentors and beginning teachers are able to schedule more time together as is needed.

Why don’t we match our mentors and new teachers by grade level or content area?
Mentors are chosen, in part, because they are considered experts in pedagogy. Pedagogy is considered to be universal in teaching. With this in mind, we do not match them by grade level or content area because new teachers will be collaborating with their colleagues by grade level and/or content area throughout the year during weekly PLC meetings and during monthly District PLC meetings such as grade level meetings and curriculum meetings. With these two support systems in place, we feel that the new teacher is getting the best of two support systems to meet their needs.

Did my mentor recieve any training?
All mentors will receive mentor training before school starts and periodically throughout the year. This training is mandatory and is required by the Public Education Department.

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