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New Behind the Curtain Blog Post - Why (Even) Veteran Teachers Need a Mentor

By Gina D'Antonio-Spears

When I first began teaching in Chicago Public Schools, dance positions were few and far between. One day, I was at a conference and I met this amazing elementary dance teacher. I latched onto her like a lost puppy, asked if we could have lunch together, and *boom* I had a mentor. Suddenly I was not alone in my work, no longer teaching dance in a bubble. Over the years she advised me and inspired me, and if I am being honest, she kept me from giving up on myself. She introduced me to dance organizations, shared her teaching strategies, and shared how she grew her dance program from the ground up. I felt like I could take on the world because she lifted me up and helped me see the dance educator I could be...

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