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What These Educators Love About Mentoring New Teachers

This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to choose a special teacher in your life to mentor.

According to a 2015 federal report by the Institute for Education Sciences, teachers who do not have professional mentors leave the profession faster. Mentoring is a simple way to offer the kind of support new teachers are yearning for, as 92 percent of first-year teachers who are assigned with mentors return to their classrooms!

By participating in a mentoring program, mentors contribute to professional development, job retention, have an opportunity to sharpen their own leadership skills, and build valuable relationships with other teachers and mentors.

To learn more, we spoke to four educators on the power of mentoring. Read on to find out what they love most!

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If you’re interested in pursuing a full-time teaching job where you can meet mentors like these, visit the Rutgers Alternate Route website to learn more about the program to jumpstart your teaching career. To keep up with more news and stories from the education field, be sure to follow Rutgers Alternate Route on Twitter for more information.

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Heather Ngoma

Heather Ngoma has over 20 years experience collaborating with educators across New Jersey to drive education innovation. She currently serves as the Director of Rutgers University's Alternate Route Teacher Training Program at the Center for Effective School Practices, a program which helps career changers, recent college graduates and other aspiring education professionals become licensed teachers in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter @heatherngoma.