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Palmer begins mentoring program
The Ellis County Press

PALMER - To retain good quality teachers and help new teachers adjust to the school district, the Palmer School Board voted Wednesday to begin a mentoring program.

'Your child's teachers will be a teacher,' Palmer Superintendent Larry Carson said, explaining how the program will benefit the kids, parents and district.

'The good teachers your child has will stay with the district.'

Mentors will be paired up at assist about 15 new faculty members, teaching the same course.

Carson said math teachers will mentor new math instructors and new reading teachers would get assistance from a current reading teacher in the district.

Mentors will be trained to assist the new instructors with local procedures, classroom management and how to write good lesson plans, meeting with them on a frequent basis.

Once every six weeks the new instructors will meet at the Lead Center to receive on-going training throughout the year from other teachers and administrators.

For years the district has had an informal 'under the wing' style mentoring where seasoned district teachers were asked to help show new teachers the ropes.

This is the first formal mentoring program the district has undertaken.

'We've got a lot of talent that already works here,' Carson said.

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