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Information for Beginning Teachers

The Mentor Program takes a comprehensive approach to providing qualified, site-based mentors for first year teachers in the Albuquerque Public School District. Guidelines are established for all aspects of the mentor position, including detailed procedures and processes for mentor selection, preparation, and support; and clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

Contact Information

Physical Address:
Lincoln Complex 912 Oak St SE, Building M Albuquerque, NM 87106 Map

Phone: (505) 253-0335
Fax: (505) 883-2773


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Frequently Asked Questions

How are First year teachers paired with mentors? First year teachers are paired with mentors based on common certification areas.

How long will I be mentored? Mentoring will last for one full year.

How often will I see my mentor? Mentors and  first year teachers are able to schedule their time together as they are able or as needed; however, the program requires a minimum of two contacts per week.

What is the mentor's role? The chief role of a mentor is offering support and practical advice to first year teachers based on observation and discussion of the first year teacher’s professional experiences.

Beginning Teacher Benefits

  • Regular individual support from a designated mentor who is in the relevant certification or grade level and who teaches full or part-time at the same site.
  • First year teachers will receive support and technical assistance that reflects the developmental nature of their initial experiences in the classroom.
  • In accordance with state regulations, the support activities include:
    • Collaborative curriculum alignment, design and planning
    • Classroom observations
    • Help with student assessment
    • Individual instructional conferences
    • Instructional resource development
    • Professional leave time

Who Is Eligible For Mentoring Support?

  • All beginning teachers (new to the profession) holding a New Mexico Level I teaching license within the Albuquerque Public School District are eligible for support as long as they have not previously received a full year of mentoring.
  • The state of New Mexico requires one full year of mentoring support for all beginning teachers within their first three years of the profession. Proof of mentorship is also a requirement for Level I to Level II licensure advancement.

Beginning Teacher Documentation

Mentor/Beginning Teacher Agreement

Calendars and Timelines

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