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.