Mentoring » An Introduction to Mentoring

An Introduction to Mentoring


A mentor is an individual of high moral character who can guide a scholar in both intellectual and moral development. John Adams Academy seeks to ensure that its scholars regularly interact with individuals who exemplify the highest standards of personal conduct, academic achievement, entrepreneurial vision, and success in both personal and public life. Regular interaction with these high caliber mentors allows a scholar the opportunity to explore concepts, ideas, and great works while being guided towards the true and the good by both the words and the example of the mentor.

Mentoring at John Adams Academy is thus more than a program, it is a fundamental mindset that undergirds the entirety of the educational vision of the academy. Teachers at John Adams Academy place the intellectual and moral development of their scholars foremost in their work. Furthermore, all teachers at the academy are expected to exemplify the core values in their own lives. As the mentors with which scholars have the most interaction during their time at the academy, teachers at John Adams Academy bear primary responsibility to guide and coach scholars in their pursuit of life-long personal development.

In addition to the work performed by teachers, John Adams Academy expects all members of its stakeholder community to take an active role in mentoring scholars throughout their time at the academy. The lifelong moral, academic, familial, and career success of the scholars is best assured as parents, extended family, administrators, teachers, support staff, and community members exemplify the principles which scholars are expected to adhere to. As individuals in all facets of a scholar’s life take an active interest in the moral and intellectual development of the scholar, scholars will have the support and guidance necessary to emulate the examples of principled, disciplined, and successful adults.

The 3 Levels of Mentoring:
Parent Mentor - Mentoring begins in the home, with parents functioning as primary mentors. This is the most critical component to mentoring youth. As such parents need to be the keystone in their children’s education by establishing values and the desire to learn and grow within their own homes.
Teacher Mentor - The second level of mentoring is the teacher mentor. Outside of time in the home, children and youth spend more time with their teacher than any other person. The teacher mentor reinforces principles taught in the home, customizes curriculum to the needs of the scholars, and challenges the student to reach new levels academic success while developing a love for the process of learning. 
Community Mentor – As students progress towards discovering their unique capabilities and mission in life, the Community Mentor brings an essential element to the Mentoring process. While continuing to build on the foundations established by Parents and Teachers, the Community Mentor broadens the horizons for students by introducing them to their fields of expertise – this may include fine art, science, business, history, and government.