New Teachers Find Tremendous Support System in South Huntington

Maplewood’s staff with new teachers, left to right front row: Ms. Elisa Steininger, Ms. Jill Belz, Ms. Melissa Dawes. Back row: Ms. Renee Schumm, Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Ms. Elisa Guerriere, and teacher mentor, Ms. Sue Simonds.
Maplewood’s staff with new teachers, left to right front row: Ms. Elisa Steininger, Ms. Jill Belz, Ms. Melissa Dawes. Back row: Ms. Renee Schumm, Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia, Ms. Elisa Guerriere, and teacher mentor, Ms. Sue Simonds.

The South Huntington Teacher Mentor Program, under the direction of Mr. Robert Cangero, and in collaboration with the South Huntington leadership team, the South Huntington Teachers Center (SHTC), and the South Huntington Teachers Association (SHTA), have mentored many new teachers who have gone on to be our most valuable South Huntington educators.

During both formal and informal meetings, South Huntington’s new teachers work on a wide variety of topics, some of which include district and building procedures, classroom management, and instructional strategies and planning.

“Throughout the year our new teachers meet with their building mentor to discuss various topics related to many areas, including observations and professional development,” said Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia.  “As the building principal, I like to attend some of these new teacher meetings to give them an opportunity to ask questions, and for myself, to review building and district goals.”

“The goal of the South Huntington Teacher Mentor Program is to support the success of new personnel,” said Maplewood’s teacher mentor Ms. Sue Simonds. “Every mentor has a core body of knowledge and skills to share with his or her new teachers. It is my goal as a Maplewood Mentor, to play a role in this process by developing a positive relationship in order to foster confidence and support the success of these new teachers.”