Mentor Program Values

  • Our district places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.


    • We work to build an inclusive and collaborative culture where all staff are invited and feel needed to contribute their expertise and perspectives in our shared mission of student growth and learning.
    • We seek to harness the value that each teacher brings to our district, maximizing the reciprocity of the relationship between mentor and new teacher.
    • Collaboratively with the Snohomish Education Association (SEA), we strive to instill new teachers with a local sense of place and people - our community, district and building cultures.

    Program Benefits

    • In addition to our welcome and orientation support before the school year begins, we offer our new teachers time with their mentor to work on school start-up activities such as classroom set up support and curriculum prep work.
    • Our teacher mentoring program offers mentors and mentees an opportunity to critically examine their teaching methods in order to grow in their teaching practices.
    • We have a comprehensive induction program to address the many facets of effective support essential for new teachers to be successful in our district. We aim to have best practices in place to attract, hire, support and retain the best teachers for our students!

    On-Going Support

    • We encourage an open and transparent learning environment where teachers of all ages and experience feel they can learn from one another.
    • We work to foster a growth mindset in our new teachers by providing them with scheduled opportunities to observe, reflect on, plan and practice good instruction with mentors, TOSAs, principals and team members. This work is supported by weekly check-ins with a colleague mentor and release time from the classroom to observe other teachers.
    • We offer ongoing professional development to mentors and new teachers on learning-focused conversations that enable professional and productive discourse on the craft of teaching and student engagement.