I’ve had many mentors in my life. College professors, teachers, and friends who have impacted my life. Which is to say that I’ve long known the value of a mentor in both educational and personal settings. People who you can go to for advice no matter the circumstance are critical to life.
I’ve never had a mentor like I do now. We met by complete happenstance. She posted an ad for a teacher and I responded. I had no idea how much she would change my life. I had no idea how different a professional mentor would be.
I teach for her studio, so she’s trained me in her method of teaching. She’s cut my training cords, but is always there for advice. New songs for classes are accompanied by suggestions of how to implement or embellish in a classroom setting. She’s always available to discuss discipline issues, new techniques, and ideas.
Probably where I’ve had the most help though, has been for the work I’ve taken on outside of her studio. I started teaching for a preschool recently and I would be lost without her. She’s my metric for whether what they’re asking for is reasonable or not. Every time something has come up, I know she’ll give me good information. And, she always has. And it has paid off every time.
I am so thankful for every moment I have to work with her. I’m doing my best to soak up all the information she is sharing. And I hope to one day pay it forward.