They are exceptional educators; master teachers with years of classroom experience and proven success with students. They are the Cherry Creek School District’s S.T.A.R. Mentors and they were honored by the Board of Education on Sept. 10 - not for their work with students - but for their work with other teachers.
“We believe that ongoing, high quality professional development, for every teacher in every classroom, is the key to student success,” said Sheryl Cunningham, president of the Cherry Creek Education Association. “These mentors are helping others be the best they can be.”
The S.T.A.R. Mentor program is a partnership between the Cherry Creek Education Association and Cherry Creek Schools. Founded in 1994, S.T.A.R. stands for Staff Training Assistance and Renewal. Mentors accept a three year assignment to work with Cherry Creek teachers who are new to the profession or the district, and help them develop effective instructional techniques and classroom management skills.
Regan Lawson, a high school science teacher with 20 years’ experience, is thrilled to be new STAR Mentor.
“I worked with new teachers when I was at Grandview and loved the opportunity to help them get acclimated,” said Lawson. “It’s also a way for me to become a better teacher.”
Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Cherry Creek Schools S.T.A.R. Mentors! Back row, L to R: Mark Reidel, Jason Gillman, Andrew Eichorn, and Dave Craven, Director of the Office of Professional Learning. Front row, L to R: Sheryl Cunningham, President of the Cherry Creek Education Association, Mary Derbish, Regan Lawson, Elizabeth Maloney and Colleen O’Brien.