Why become a mentor for new teachers?
Mentors Michelle Behrens and Linda Bauman share the typical reaction of WELS mentors. They love it and consider mentoring an honor and a privilege. Mentors enjoy the training and describe how they learn new ways to approach their own teaching and to communicate professionally.Mentor Michelle Behrens describes the joy she experiences as a mentor. “It is an honor and privilege to know that the Lord would use your skills and abilities with more than just the students in your classroom. It is a wonderful example of putting the word 'synod' into practice as we walk together to help build each other up in the way of the Lord, all for the good of his kingdom.” But for Michelle, the service results in personal benefits as well. “I am also rewarded by seeing other schools and teaching ideas as well as gaining different perspectives on common things.” Michelle is a 2004 graduate of MLC and teaches Kindergarten at Lord and Savior Lutheran School, Crystal Lake IL.
Linda Baumann, grades 1-2 teacher from St. John, Lomira WI, used her mentor training as a springboard for her master’s degree. She loves her role as a mentor. “I can’t think of another way to have a great and positive impact on new teachers and the students they serve,” she says. Through mentoring, Linda has become a better teacher herself as well. “I have grown in my own practice, brought back ideas from other schools and classrooms I have visited for use in my own classroom and school, and have made lifelong friends.”
As the New Teacher Induction program is introduced synod-wide, many new mentors will be needed. If the Lord has given you the gifts to serve and the desire to make a lasting, positive impact on WELS teachers and schools, you may be able to be a WELS mentor. To see the qualifications and application procedures, click here.
Read what other organizations say about the benefits of mentoring.