The Power of Mentors
Your students will follow you anywhere; but do you know where you are leading them? Students in our classrooms are influenced by us, not our content areas. Children seeking a meaningful human connection will make you their mentor when they need an adult to believe in. Your belief in a student will withstand childhood experiences and support them as adults. So what are you going to do with this responsibility? You are going to cultivate it, invest in it, and celebrate it. Let’s lift up our roles as mentors, to speak life into our students, unlock a world of meaningful learning, and dig deep into our stories.
Eric Cross is a 7th-grade science/technology teacher, grade level lead, and ed tech trainer for Albert Einstein Academies, International Baccalaureate schools in San Diego, CA. Eric earned a B.S. from Azusa Pacific University and M.Ed from the University of San Diego. He brings 16 years of experience working with at-risk youth and underserved populations before becoming a middle school teacher. By building relationships with students, colleagues, and the community, he has become an empowered leader in and out of the classroom. Through his meaningful learning experiences centered around student agency, STEM has become accessible to all students through engagement, thoughtful integration of digital tools, and culturally relevant pedagogy.