New Teacher & Mentor Resources

New Teacher Mentoring Program

Every new teacher in the Mercer Island School District receives a mentor for their first year. The district staff work with the principals to select teachers who will provide support in curriculum, instruction, and the day-to-day operation of the school. As much as possible new teachers are matched with mentors in their school and grade/department. The expectations for teachers and mentors working together are found here: Mentor Responsibilities document

All new teachers will be enrolled into a clock hours course titled "New Teacher Induction". As a part of this course new teachers will meet with mentors, discuss relevant issues with colleagues, reflect upon observations made by their mentors and discuss journal articles. Mentors will also be enrolled in a clock hours course titled "Mentor Training and Beginning Teacher Support". A schedule of class sessions, course objectives, registration materials and other course related material can be found at

This website is designed to provide new teachers and their mentors with information and resources to support the critical first years of teaching.

Teacher Certification

All teachers who have a residency certificate in Washington State have to either get the state Professional Certification or National Board Teacher Certification.

Information about the state requirements for Professional Certification can be found at the state website

Information about National Board Teacher Certification can be found at the state website and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website


Web Sites

Important Notice: Listing of any of these sites does not constitute an endorsement by the Mercer Island School District of any commercial products featured on the site. They are listed only because the free content would be helpful to new teachers or mentors.


New Teacher Online Resources - This website was put together by teachers in Oswego, NY. It has a comprehensive set of links to many useful sites.

Tips for Middle School - This site is aimed at middle school teachers but has lots of links of use for teachers at any level.

Behavior Issues - This website has tips on how to work with certain types of kids and classroom behavior. It might be worth checking out. Click on the title of each section for more detail. - This site also has links to related topics and articles by NEA.

New! New Teacher is a site run by Harry and Rosemary Wong, the authors of many books and articles for new teachers including “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.” This site is free and non-commercial.



New Teachers

Survival Guide for New Teachers: How New Teachers Can Work Effectively with Veteran Teachers, Parents, Principals, and Teacher Educators, Amy DePaul, 2000, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The complete text of this book is available here. You can also read it online at

101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors: Effective Teaching Tips for Daily Classroom Use, Annette Breaux, 2003, Eye on Education

Dealing with Difficult Parents, Todd Whitaker and Douglas Fiore, 2001, Eye on Education

You Have to Go to School – You’re the Teacher! 250 Classroom Management Strategies to Make Your Job Easier and More Fun, Renee Rosenblum-Lowden, 2000, Corwin Press

The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher, Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong, 2005, Harry K. Wong Publications

Classroom Management that Works: Research Based Strategies for Every Teacher, Robert Marzano, 2003, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development



Mentoring Programs for New Teachers, Susan Villani, 2002, Corwin Press

Mentoring New Teachers, Hal Portner, 2003, Corwin Press

How to Mentor in the Midst of Change, Cheryl Granade Sullivan, 2004, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships, Laura Lipton, Bruce Wellman, Carlette Humbard, 2001, MiraVia LLC