TUSD preps new teachers with mentorship program - Tucson News Now

TUSD preps new teachers with mentorship program

Teachers say relationships with their mentors when they began helped them through stressful times. (Source: Tucson News Now) Teachers say relationships with their mentors when they began helped them through stressful times. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The countdown until its time to go back to school is on and parents are not the only ones getting ready for it.

On Tuesday, July 26, around 300 brand new Tucson Unified School District teachers will start a 4-day induction.

Their day starts at 8 each morning and goes till about 4 in the afternoon.

During this time, new teachers will get paired up with a mentor to get acquainted with district polices, rules and procedures.

“Mentoring is different than coaching. We aren’t coming in and telling teachers what to do. We are coming in and we are observing; we are talking to them about what they are doing well, but we are helping them come to that on their own,” said mentor Margarete Bieberstein.

Second-year TUSD teacher Britney Goglio admits her first year was tough, but was grateful for the relationship she had with her mentor.

“Each quarter we would have school bench mark tests. Just preparing for that was very high anxiety. And then at the end of the year, the AZ Merit test was very stressful, but my mentor helped me through that," Goglio said. 

She teaches 7th grade.

TUSD officials said the mentoring program also helps with teacher retention.

Earlier this year, a $1,300 teacher pay raise was passed, which breaks down to a little more than $100 per month before taxes.

[READ: TUSD board approves teacher raises]

There are still 128 teacher openings across the district.

Class begins Thursday, August 4.

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