Professional development at EHOVE is congruent with performance-based assessment.
This is done in a creative fashion with a scavenger hunt to get the mentees comfortable with the campus setting at EHOVE.
He presents the mentees with an EHOVE canvas bag to be used to gather all of their scavenger items.
Short, effective lessons regarding grades, e-mail, phone systems, discipline procedures, reward systems, classroom cleaning and EHOVE specific programs are presented by different staff members, administrators, secretaries and custodians.
Another great strength of EHOVE's program is that it goes beyond the basics and looks at what resources will make this new teacher a great teacher.
The EHOVE administration takes an active role in the mentoring program.
The lead mentor develops, implements, monitors and evaluates the mentoring program at EHOVE. Gall Kleindienst was key in getting this program off the ground and running.
Each new school year brings varied new staff members to EHOVE. Some of the mentees are already career teachers looking for a change, while others may be entering the teaching field from the business world.
Newest EHOVE mentee Mary Taylor says, "When I came to EHOVE Career Center after teaching four years at a traditional school, I was nervous about my transition; however, the mentoring program guided and nurtured me and my professionalism throughout the school year." She goes on to say that she "felt immediately at home."
Mentors at EHOVE wear three hats: coach, collaborator and cheerleader.