Mentoring Program

Why Mentor?

Despite the growing diversity of their populations, the ethnic composition of state and local educational leadership administration systems has remained virtually unchanged over the last few decades. For Latino and Latina leaders, access to information, visibility, and prospects to develop and grow as professionals are examples of opportunity dimensions that are not sufficiently available to them, even to this day.

We have to address the low number of Latina and Latino school and district administrators in a time of rapid ethnic and demographic transformation.

Experiences that Latinas and Latinos face as educational leaders are unlike those of the current dominant educational leadership group, and many of these experiences are a result of stereotypes that have been passed down from one generation to another, often persisting without a sense of the damage such false impressions can cause.

For these reasons, TALAS established the Latino and Latina mentoring program in Texas. The first meeting was held in 2014 in conjunction with the UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education.

Goals

Develop a structured mentoring program that will serve and support Latino school and district administrators

  • Provide a support system for Latino leaders serving as school site and district administrators
  • Provide networking opportunities for all members of the association
  • Provide additional mentoring opportunities for enriched staff development activities
  • Provide mentoring opportunities for aspiring Latino educators

Develop a cadre of Latino Educational Leaders who are:

  • Competent
  • Confident
  • Credible

Join our mentoring program today!

To submit your application, follow one of the links below. You may also contact Lucio Calzada, our Director of Mentoring, at 512.695.6713 or lucalzada@aol.com.

Guidelines

Participation

While the decision to participate in the mentoring program is voluntary, once accepted to the program, protégés and mentors are expected to attend all program events and activities.

Commitment

Mentors and protégés must agree to a minimum two-year commitment.

Engagement

Mentors and protégés are expected to make a minimum of two contacts per month. Contacts may be in person and/or by telephone, Skype, Jigsaw, or email.

Attendance

Mentors and protégés must commit to a minimum of four meetings with the entire cohort during a one-year period. All meetings will coincide with TASA’s scheduled conferences (TASA/TASB Convention, TASA Midwinter Conference, and UT/TASA Summer Conference on Education).

Benefits


It is an illusion that the hearts of men and women can be transformed while the social structure that makes those hearts sick are left intact and unchanged.

Used with permission from Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Executive Director, Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) and Associate Professor, Educational Research and Administration California State University, Fresno.

Current Cohorts

The TALAS mentoring program is a two-year experience for a cohort of school administrators who desire to have a school superintendent or cabinet-level mentor not in their current school system or working chain of command.  The program physically meets three times a year attached to the three TASA conferences for the purpose of networking and professional development around career building and successfully serving our students of color.

Below you will find the names and pictures of the Cohort 5–7 protégés, as well as their respective mentors. To read more about each protégé, visit our Cohorts page.

Cohort 5

Sarah Schmerber Hodges

Mentor: Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora

Melissa Holguin

Mentor: Dr. Hafedh Azaiez

Lisa Walls

Mentor: Dr. Michael Cardona

Michael J. Ruiz

Mentor: Dr. Anthony Sorola

Neil Bonavita

Mentor: Dr. Stan Paz

Denisha Jackson-Presley

Mentor: Dr. Craig Shapiro

Cohort 6

Abigail Tarango

Mentor: Dr. Stan Paz

Sandra K. Cortez

Mentor: Dr. Hafedh Azaiez

Eileen Puente

Mentor: Dr. Mark Ramirez

Filemón Aldama

Mentor: Dr. Lucio Calzada

Beatris Martinez

Mentor: Rene Sanchez

Lacye Matejowsky

Mentor: Dr. Craig Shapiro

Linda Garcia

Mentor: Dr. Veronica Vijil

Leticia Vega

Mentor: Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora

Mechiel Rozas

Mentor: Dr. Celina Estrada-Thomas

Ramona Morin Aguilar

Mentor: Dr. Abelardo Saavedra

Victoria Sendejo

Mentor: Dr. Richard Lopez

Stacy Garcia

Mentor: Dr. Ruben Alejandro

Venus Valenta

Mentor: Dr. Xochitl Rodriguez

Cohort 7

Alyssa Blanchette Alva

Alyssa Blanchette Alva

Mentor: Dr. Richard Fernandez

Norma Castillo

Norma Castillo

Mentor: Dr. Joe Rodriguez

Eva Quinonez

Eva Quinonez

Mentor: Dr. Veronica Vijil

Lori Davis

Lori Davis

Mentor: Dr. Lisa Ramirez

Yliana Gonzalez

Yliana Gonzalez

Mentor: Dr. Stan Paz

Juan Sandoval

Juan Sandoval

Mentor: Justin Fuentes

Keri Launius

Keri Launius

Mentor: Dr. Darryl Henson

Felix Lerma

Felix Lerma

Mentor: Dr. Mark Ramirez

Cynthia Jaird

Mentor: Dr. Xochitl Rodriguez

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