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Mentoring program pairs new teachers with experienced educators

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Long before classrooms around Shelby County up with students Monday, veteran teachers like Jason Reed get paired up with new teachers like Daniel Foster. Long before classrooms around Shelby County up with students Monday, veteran teachers like Jason Reed get paired up with new teachers like Daniel Foster.

(WMC-TV) - An ambitious mentoring program in the new unified school district will pair new teachers with experienced teachers. The program aims at giving a head start on the skills needed to be successful in the classroom.

Long before classrooms around Shelby County up with students Monday, veteran teachers like Jason Reed get paired up with new teachers like Daniel Foster.

"They're a lot of challenges of getting acclimated to what they expect here in Shelby County," said Foster.

Organizers designed the Shelby County's teacher mentoring program to help new teachers deal with job challenges. The veteran faculty member guides and advises the new teachers about everything from on how to motivate students to different strategies for disciplining them.

"Using things like the strong voice ... The tone of voice," said Reed offering advice to Foster.

Foster strives to have students become lifelong learners. Taking advice from a veteran teacher helps him to become a better teacher and lifelong learner himself.

The goal is to develop better teachers with the idea that better teachers lead to better students and higher student achievement.

School officials say placing veterans with new teachers has already been a success. They say it is only a matter of time before this generation of new teachers becomes the next generation of mentors.

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