Development, Training & Evaluation

  • What is the teacher mentor program?

    The Career in Teaching Mentor (CiT) Program is an induction program for all teachers in their first two years of teaching (specifically, less than 180 days of contracted teaching experience). Participants work collaboratively with a mentor to receive lesson feedback followed by debriefs, set professional goals, and participate in a variety of professional growth activities.

    The goals for the program are to:

    • Welcome and integrate new teachers into Spokane Public Schools.
    • Provide support to reduce the concerns and challenges of new teachers.
    • Develop reflection strategies to facilitate knowledge, skills, and practices that will enable new teachers to accelerate their professional growth, impacting student growth.
    • Enhance new teachers’ personal and professional development, enabling them to attain higher instructional competence.

    Who are the mentor teachers?

    Mentor teachers are experienced SPS teachers who demonstrate exceptional instructional expertise and a love for learning. They are hired to provide full-time support and professional development for new teachers and others requesting support in the district. Some of the mentors’ specific responsibilities include:

    • Making on-going classroom observations to provide non-evaluative feedback to teachers
    • Facilitating continuous teacher reflection using learning-focused conferences and planning sessions
    • Modeling teaching strategies
    • Providing resources and curriculum support
    • Helping with lesson design
    • Conducting trainings and workshops
    • Helping teachers to set goals and develop effective professional growth plans supporting the TPEP process

    Elementary mentor teachers (click to read bio): Dave Hogberg • Patti Puyear • Camille Staack-Miller • Sue Pfeifer

    Secondary mentor teachers (click to read bio): Nancy Cole • Greg Perkins

    Find the Career in Teaching Toolkit here.