Sunday, June 1, 2008

SWUU Director Pat Shipley & AEA Professional Connie Richardson Named Outstanding Leaders in Mentoring and Induction for 2008

In a letter dated May 29, 2008, two of our own unit's leaders were notified that they had been chosen by the Department of Education and the Governor's Office to receive an award from ISEA President Chris Bern as Outstanding Leaders in Mentoring and Induction.

Many of our LC Staff--mentors and those being inducted into the profession--have had the opportunity to work with these two class-acts. It is no surprise that they have been chosen as the shining stars of the state.

Both have worked tirelessly to ensure that consistent experiences are afforded all of Iowa's new educational professionals.

In a letter to the recipients, Mary Beth Schroeder wrote, "On behalf of the statewide steering team for Iowa's Mentoring and Induction initiative, I offer my sincere congratulations to each of you for being recognized as two fine professionals who have provided outstanding leadership for new teachers in our state. You are to be commended for your work and dedication, helping individuals new to the profession of teaching become successful on their journey. "

Mentoring is a positive learning relationship between two people. Mentors develop a supportive on-going relationship with an aim of empowering people by building their confidence and self-esteem. We are constantly looking for people who have the ability to listen and feel they can develop a positive rapport with a colleague in an honest challenging and non-judgmental way. Mentors aim to "include" people by providing support, advice and encouragement in a consistent manner.