Mentor Program

The Model of Excellence Mentor Program has been in existence for about 10 years. This program that focuses on mentorship for first-year arts teachers is administrated through the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education, and funded by the Iowa legislature and matching grants.

The program is designed to enhance, not supplant the established local/district/state mentoring programs. The mentor relationship is tailored specifically to the individual teacher and teaching situation. The information shared ranges from “survival” to “mastery” skills needed to be successful in the arts classroom, and provides for networking with other first-year and veteran teachers throughout the state of Iowa.

Program innovations include: identification of first-year teachers, assignment of both “active” and “observation” mentors (area-specific), development of a communications network to assist the mentoring process, development of a first-year teachers symposium, and the awarding of scholarships to join professional organizations and attend state conferences.

Our program activities include:

  • Fall Symposium for First-Year Arts Educators
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Scholarships for attending conferences or paying dues.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Let’s get connected!

Observation Mentor Registration


Are you a first-year teacher?

Contact a Mentor Chair for your Arts area:

Art Educators of Iowa
First-year art teacher contact person:
Jenna Darsee, mentor chair
Des Moines
darsje01@luther.edu

Iowa Bandmasters Association
First-year band teacher contact person:
James L. Fritz, mentor coordinator
Decorah
jlfritz@mac.com

Iowa Choral Directors Association
First-year vocal teacher contact person:
Mark Babcock, mentor chair
Pella
babcockm@central.edu

Iowa Educational Theatre Association
First-year speech/drama teacher contact person:
Helen Duranleau-Brennan
hekbren@mchsi.com

Iowa Communication Association
Sarah Schaefer, mentor chair
Waukee
sschaefer@waukeeschools.org

Iowa Music Educators Association
First-year general/classroom music teacher contact person:
Martha Kroese, mentor chair
Waterloo
319-277-3359
mkroese@cfu.net

Iowa String Teachers Association
First-year string/orchestra teacher contact person:
Kevin Price-Brenner, mentor chair
kpricebrenner@dbqschools.org
Dubuque

For overall questions about the program please contact:

Iowa Alliance for Arts Education

Leon Kuehner, mentor co-chair
641-456-5580
leongkuehner@gmail.com
Elizabeth Fritz, mentor co-chair
563-379-8908
lizfritz@mac.com