Mentoring and Induction

In an effort to increase the retention rates of teachers in the field, the aggieTEACH program was expanded with funds received from the Greater Texas Foundation in 2012. This grant funded project enabled aggieTEACH to provide support and resources their graduates during the first three to five years of their teaching careers. Following graduation, new teachers are invited to participate in the Mentor and Induction (M&I) Program. They are assigned a regional coach who provides resources and support through phone calls, email, classroom visits, and a private website designed to meet the needs of beginning teachers. The website, “aggieTEACH Advice”, is an electronic platform that contains resources such as a beginning of the year checklist, classroom management advice, open house templates, quality mathematics and science lessons, and many other tips for novice teachers. The addition of the M&I Program to aggieTEACH has helped keep retention rates of aggieTEACH teachers well above the state and national percentages. For more information on the Mentoring and Induction Program contact Laura Wilding.

Becky Fenn
Houston Region

Anne Woods
Houston Region

Amanda Puckett
North Texas Region

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Laura Wilding

Laura Wilding Program Coordinator

In 2018 Laura became the Program Coordinator for the aggieTEACH program at Texas A&M University after serving as Program Assistant since 2013. As Program Assistant she implemented the aggieTEACH Mentor and Induction (M&I) Program. The M&I Program provides support and resources for aggieTEACH graduates in the beginning years of their teaching careers. Part of that work included serving as an Instructional Team Member for the Texas Regional Collaborative for Mathematics in College Station from 2016-2018. Prior to joining aggieTEACH, Laura was a middle and high school mathematics teacher for 14 years in Texas, Illinois and Japan. While teaching at College Station Middle School from 2004 – 2012, Laura mentored numerous clinical teachers and pre-service teachers, served as both a Curriculum Coach and an Instructional Coach, and was the 2008 – 2009 Teacher of the Year for her campus. From 2011 – 2012 she was a mentor teacher for the STEM Academy at Texas A&M University. Laura received her B.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University in 1985.

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