Like many of their students, first-year teachers face a steep learning curve and often feel underprepared for their jobs. As a result, almost half of teachers leave the profession in their first five years.
To combat this trend, some schools are turning to teacher development programs that provide their teachers with mentors. Jared Reed, a first-year teacher, and Chris Petit, a second-year teacher, work at Greco Middle school in Hillsborough County Florida. They are among 14 young teachers mentored by Trenika Thornton, who uses her experience, observational prowess, and intelligence to help improve lessons and bring more passion to the classroom.
Since Greco Middle School’s mentoring program began, it has increased teacher retention from 72 percent to 94 percent—proof that continued learning can benefit everyone, students and teachers alike.
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This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.