Site Leader at Matoaka Elementary School
Studies cited in this op-ed mention that first year teachers are much more successful in their adjustment to the classroom with a mentor. Other education system globally use mentorship programs as a common practice in all education licenses, however in the United States it is not universal.
The role of a teacher is a professional role but also an incredibly personal one. The impact of a relatable teacher is transformative for students, and is crucial as a role model. Students learn correct interpersonal relationships from teachers, and therefore teachers have an added sense of purpose in character building. This task adds an extra demand for teachers, especially in this first year, and contributes to difficulties of first year teachers. How does one instruct students to be moral individuals?
The loss of one in ten teachers to the classroom each year causes long term damages to the educational system as a whole. This statistic means that for every ten classrooms, a new teacher is replaced every year, often with another new teacher. This turnover rate causes lack of cohesion in curriculum and classroom policy, and is at the detriment of the students. In order to prevent such a phenomenon from continuing, educators should implement policy for mentoring programs for new teachers.