Most successful adults can readily identify a list of positive caring adults who made a difference during their growing up years. It may have been a neighbor, a scout leader or coach. It may have been an interested adult in one’s church. The caring adults came from many walks of life, however, the one commonality was an interest in youth. These adults served as informal mentors — they repeatedly showed youth that everyone has potential to do good things.
With this idea of mentorship in mind, a group of District #29 educators and community patrons came together to develop a mechanism for students to find a caring adult — one who could provide “a listening ear” and genuine interest. The educators and patrons started meeting August 2008 to plan and implement a new type of mentorship program.
TeamMates, a mentoring program created by Nancy and Tom Osborne, seem to provide a framework for the type of mentor program envisioned by Auburn, Peru, and Brownville adults. The primary goal of TeamMates is to match youth with an adult mentor in the student’s elementary years. Hopefully, the mentor will maintain the relationship until the student graduates from high school.
~By Nancy Fuller
The Advisory Board for District #29 TeamMates chapter include the following educators and patrons:
Joe Casey – President (Auburn Business Rep and Mentor )
Mary Lyn Wininger – Vice President (Auburn Business Rep and Mentor)
Nancy Fuller – Secretary (Auburn Public Schools Curriciculum Director)
Kathy Bucy – Treasurer (Community Patron and Mentor)
- Rusty Crotty ( Auburn Business Representative)
- Ray and Becky Girard (Peru Representative and Faith Base Representative)
- Lori Henderson (Jullian/Brock Representative and Parent Representative)
- Jackie Kelsay (Elementary Principal)
- Stephen Kennedy (School Board Representative and Mentor)
- Jackie Obermeyer (Brownville Representative)
- Kevin Reiman (Superintendent of Schools)
- Shirley Snyder (Auburn Representative and Mentor)
Chapter Coordinator — Autumn Reeves (K-5 Elementary Counselor)
Auburn Middle School Coordinator — Gretchen Golladay (M.S. Counselor)
Auburn High School Coordinator — Kristin Kudrna (H.S. Counselor)
Peru Stat College Campus Liaison- Lisa Rathjen