Information for Beginning Teachers
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.
First year teacher, Kevin Thomas and Mentor Teacher, Cindy Chavez.
The Mentor Program takes a comprehensive approach to providing qualified, sitebased 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.
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.
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.
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.