AEF Teacher Partnership strives to tackle teacher retention through mentorship
Scottsdale, Ariz., September 26, 2016 —
The AEF Teacher Partnership is a grassroots effort organized by 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year JD Bowman and 2014 Ambassador for Excellence Dayna Burke in response to the need for mentorship among new teachers. This year the Partnership has matched 24 new teachers with 17 Arizona Teachers of the Year and Ambassadors for Excellence, semifinalists, and teachers from A+ School of Excellence™ schools.
Although this initiative isn’t closing the 2,000+ missing teacher gap or making a huge dent in retaining the 50% of teachers who will quit before their sixth year, it’s the only formal opportunity of its kind in Arizona.
“When I was a new teacher fresh from college, I had days when I wondered if this career was meant for me,” said 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador for Excellence Dayna Burke. “It wasn’t until I reached out to my colleagues after my first winter break that I was able to feel like I had my feet on the ground.”
“Dayna and I started this partnership in response to the need we’ve seen grown in our local schools,” said 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year JD Bowman. “It’s been awesome to see how this partnership encourages the new teachers and inspires the experienced mentors to be better leaders and resources at their own schools.”
This is the second year of the Teacher Partnership. Teachers participating in this year’s partnership commit to communicating with their mentor once a month from October to May. The Partnership will kick off with a meet and greet on Saturday, October 1 in Sahuarita.
Click hereto learn more about the AEF Teacher Partnership and call or email Maggie Zehring if you’d like to attend the meet and greet to interview participants (e. firstname.lastname@example.org, c. 623-340-5091).