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2019 Utah Teacher of the Year Blog

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” ~ John C. Maxell

This is especially true when mentoring pre-service educators, those who are completing practicums and student teaching experiences. Mentoring is often a thankless job, but one so critical to the health of our profession. I want to say a great big THANK YOU to all of the educators who have taken on this particular role of mentor, formally or informally, past and present.

I’m proud to say that SLCSD had more than 170 educators serve close to 180 students currently in a university education program. Included were 120 practicum students who spent close to 3,000 hours in our classrooms. We also had almost 60 student teachers at 27 of our school sites. This reciprocal relationship with pre-service educators means that they are learning from our best teachers while also contributing their time and energy to our students and schools.

We are currently working on student teaching placements for Fall 2019 as well as some for Spring 2020. It is exciting to have requests from BYU, the University of Utah, Utah State University, Western Governors University, Westminster. Please consider saying yes when asked to host a student teacher. We need you! Plus, it is a wonderful opportunity to influence the future, collaborate with others and reflect on teaching practices!

“A truly great mentor is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget.”

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