Mentor Program


The mission of the Sharyland Mentor Program is to develop and retain novice teachers by providing professional learning experiences in a supportive environment which encourage reflective practice, improve the instructional repertoire, and increase student performance through the Texas Beginning Educator’s Support System (TxBESS). 



  • To ensure that teachers new to the district have a successful teaching and learning experience.

  • To improve instructional strategies and student success in all Sharyland ISD classrooms.

  • To promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development for individual student success.

  • To increase the retention of successful beginning teachers.

  • To provide qualified, trained mentors as an ongoing support system.


  • SISD Successful Beginning’s Seminars for New Teachers
    Ginger Tucker Training-mentoring program for second year teachers

  • Mentor/Buddy Match

  • SISD TEAM “Together Everyone Achieves More” Annual Conference

  • Observations in Classrooms of Expert Teachers

  • District Professional Development Programs

  • Book Studies  


The role and responsibility of the mentor/buddy teacher is crucial in promoting the personal and professional well being of the experienced teacher new to SISD.  The mentor/buddy teacher provides ongoing support in a collaborative environment by assisting the new professional to become acclimated to the culture of the school and SISD.


Campus Lead Mentor

The role and responsibility of the lead mentor teacher is to facilitate campus mentor program activities.  Please click here for qualifications and responsibilities. 

Campus Administrators

The campus administrator plays an integral role in perpetuating the development of the new teacher.  He/she provides support, guidance and leadership in ensuring that mentoring activities are implemented and maintained over the course of the year. 

Mentor Program Facilitators

Mentor Facilitators provide support through site visitations, communication, and implementation of mentor program.

Fore more information:
The Texas A&M University System


Mentor Program Facilitators

Deborah Garza

Executive Director for Human Resources