Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Vicki Gunther


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires every school district in Illinois to have a mentoring program. The purpose of this program evaluation was to gauge the effectiveness of the mentoring program for first-year teachers in Northwest Suburban School District A. This document assesses the effectiveness of the mentoring program and how the first-year teaching staff in Northwest Suburban School District A felt about the mentoring supports. This program evaluation used quantitative and qualitative data including survey data from focus groups. The results from the data gathered revealed the vast majority of first-year teachers, mentors, and district administrators felt supported by the current state of the mentoring program, but there were areas that could be improved.


I would like to thank my wife Kim for her continued support throughout this journey. She never let me give up and was my rock.