This is the question asked by TeachThought for Day 6 of the 30-day Reflective Teacher blog challenge.
When I think of "mentor," two names immediately come to mind. Dr. Debbie Blue and Mrs. Karen Chamness. Dr. Blue was my advisor at Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mrs. Chamness was my "next-door neighbor" in the high school where I began my teaching career.
What did these ladies "do" that made them good mentors?
They were positive.
They were available.
They were passionate and enthusiastic about their jobs.
They led by example.
They each became a big part of who I am as a teacher today.