Mentor Messenger


Thursday, May 5, 2016

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You all as teachers give your students so much. A boost of confidence when they really need one. Extra help when they're having trouble. A welcoming presence when everything else seems out of control. And though we know we can’t ever thank you enough, I wanted to take a moment during Teacher Appreciation Week to share my appreciation for all of you!

Whether you realize it or not, you have a HUGE impact on your students and therefore our future. As a simple reminder, please enjoy the video below!

Thank you for all you do!
What Happened When Teachers Found Out How Students Felt About Them
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If you are on an initial license (this does not apply to everyone), the following information will help you regarding the process to upgrade. Per state regulations, you cannot apply for the upgrade until after May 15th.

If you need to look up your license to confirm type, expiration date, renewal requirements, etc., click here. If you have a type of license other than an Initial, you will find your renewal requirements printed directly on the license.

Please note that part of the process is the successful completion of the BV Mentoring Program. This includes the interactions/meetings/activities with me as well as completion of four (4) ETMs. If you have incomplete ETMs or need to know how to finalize them in MLP, the attachment in the e-mail will give you those directions.

If you need help for any part of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the people listed below:

  • Trevor Goertzen (tgoertzen@ or 239-4365) - ETM help
  • Jana Early (jearly@ or 239-4212) - MyLearningPlan help or licensure questions
  • KSDE Licensure Team (785-296-2288) - Specific questions about your situation/license


Don't forget you need to have all 4 of your ETMs completed with reflections written by May 1st! That's only a couple of days away! The only options left are on-line options. Happy learning!

If life just has it so you are NOT able to complete these by then, please just let me know! We won't be able to sign off on the mentoring program this year, but many of you still have another year on your initial license during which you can still get these done. Keep me in the loop so we can come up with a plan of action... :)

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