Teacher Mentor Program
New Teacher Support
At NISD, we strive to recruit, develop, retain, and recognize an exceptional, highly motivated staff to optimize student engagement and learning. We strongly believe that this starts with supporting our new teachers.
All teachers new to NISD are provided with a mentor to help support them throughout the year instructionally as well as with the ins and outs of their campus. Mentors and new teachers are trained on the resources that are provided to the new teachers to optimize their 1st year experience in NISD. Mentors meet with new teachers prior to school beginning and throughout the school year. Our goal is to retain our teachers and help them provide the best education possible for our students.
New Teacher Survey
To gather new teacher feedback, the Human Resources department will periodically send out survey links to district developed surveys. The information will be gathered, reviewed, and shared with the necessary departments to help support your first year in NISD. Please make sure you take a moment to complete the survey so your voice can be heard and the correct support can be provided.
Ask for HELP!
Change can be a difficult process and you may feel overwhelmed and unprepared. Please make sure you know who your mentor/buddy is and if unsure, ask your campus administrators. Once you find out who you have been assigned, please introduce yourself and let them know your needs.
What is the difference?
Mentor vs. Buddy
All new teachers within their first or second year in education will be provided a mentor to help support them throughout the year(s) in areas of instruction, technology, and overall navigation of NISD. The mentors assigned to you for year 1 and year 2 teachers are paid a stipend to help support you. Teachers that are new to the district but come in with 3 or more years of experience are provided a buddy to help support their needs and navigate the new campus/district. Buddies are not paid a stipend, and normally do not provide as much assistance as required for new teachers.
KEEPING YOU IN THE kNOW!
Campus Mentor Coordinator and Helpful Links:
Elementary Campus Mentor Coordinator
Beck Elementary- Christie Montgomery
Cox Elementary- Kristen Drennan
Curtis Elementary- Amanda Sieg
Haslet Elementary- Amanda Smiley
Hatfield Elementary- Shawnda Tweedie
Justin Elementary School- Susan Logan
J. Lyndal Hughes Elementary- Sandra Champion
Kay Granger Elementary- Lyndsie Smith
Lakeview Elementary- Tami Rasberry
Lance Thompson Elementary- Briana Pollack
Love Elementary- Rhonda McElhaney
Nance Elementary- Brittani Gilmore
Peterson Elementary- Wenella Reid
Prairie View Elementary- Betsy Gilliland
Roanoke Elementary- Chelsie Rich
Schluter Elementary- Jennifer Brauen
Sendera Ranch Elementary- Charity Miller
Seven Hills Elementary- Molly Argo
Thompson Elementary- Laura Garlow
Middle School Campus Mentor Coordinator
Adams Middle School- Hannah Patredis
Chisholm Trail Middle School- Rich Kleckner
Medlin Middle School- Nyeisha James
Pike Middle School- Lauren Smith
Tidwell- Jordayn Neiswender
Wilson MS- Liz Ruelas
High School Campus Mentor Coordinatorvin
Denton Creek High School- Monty Brown
Byron Nelson High School- Brittany Harper
Eaton High School- Tracie Williams
Northwest High School- Dottie Vinzant
Steele Accelerated High School- Kendra Langston
Advice to Teachers New to NISD
Advice from those that know!
The following information was gathered from the 2018-2019 new teacher survey. When ask the questions "What advice would you have for a teacher new to Northwest ISD?"
- Breath, smile, and enjoy yourself!!
- Ask questions! (Ask a LOT of questions!)
- Reach out for help
- Utilized the campus Mentor Coordinator!
- Use your mentor and team for support!
- Get involved in your school so that you are part of the culture! (But don't over extend yourself!)
- Use the curriculum and district coaches (ie. Special Ed, Math, Reading, Social Studies, Technology)
- Feeling overwhelmed is natural, talk to your mentor or team to help you!
- NISD is resource rich, use all the resources available to you, if you are unsure, just ask someone!
New Teacher Academy
To continue to support our new teachers, NISD will provide a New Teacher Academy for our new teachers. This academy will meet two times in the fall and one time in the spring of their first year in NISD to support teachers with instruction and curriculum. Those dates will be communicated to new teachers through the Content Coordinators.