Needham Public Schools
Mentor Program

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide professional peer support for teachers new to the Needham Public Schools consistent with the vision: a community and school partnership that creates excited learners, demands excellence, fosters integrity.


To assist in the management of common challenges (e.g. discipline, classroom management, instruction, interaction with parents, addressing student needs)

To enhance teachers’ personal and professional development, enabling them to improve instructional practice

To engender a climate of collegiality

To offer opportunities for teachers to analyze and reflect upon their teaching

To model effective teaching practices

To retain highly qualified teachers

To integrate teachers into the culture and climate of the school, the district and the community

Mentor Requirements

All mentors must agree to the following:
  • Meet with your Mentee prior to the start of the school year
  • Attend 3 district mentor meetings throughout the school year
  • Building Based Induction Meeting – September/October 2016
  •  Mentors & Mentees - January 12, 2017 – 3:30-5 @ NHS
  • Mentors Only - May 11, 2017 –3:30 – 5 @ High Rock
  • Meet regularly with your mentee throughout the school year (September-June)
  • Complete Mentee Needs Assessment with your mentee (September/October)
  • Complete Action Plan with your mentee (October)
  • Complete Mentor Year-End Reflection (May)

Maureen Trowbridge, District Mentor Coordinator

The Needham Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation and ensures that all students and employees have equal rights of access and equal enjoyment of the opportunities, advantages, privileges and courses of study.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Thomas F. Campbell, Ed.D.
1330 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Fax 781-455-0426
Brian Higgins
Assistant Human Resources Director
781-455-0400 x 243
Lisa Tedeschi
Assistant to the Director of Human Resources
781-455-0400 x 209
Suzanna Patch
Human Resource Specialist
Mary Santiago
Administrative Assistant
781-455-0400 x 230
Cindy Salamone
Payroll Supervisor
781-455-0400 x366
Stacy Dixon
Payroll Coordinator
781-455-0400 x244
Getting to Know Human Resources
The Human Resources Department takes great pride in providing all employees with quality and prompt service for their personnel needs. The department operates with a team mindset – anyone in the department will gladly assist you with your matter. To help expedite your request, this list will indicate which staff member can best assist you with your matter.
Getting to Know Human Resources