A Community for New Teachers

The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support (MINTS) provides a supportive community for new and early teachers currently in the field to receive guidance, resources and developmental opportunities.

Supporting You In Your First Years of Teaching

As a new teacher, your first few years in the field are a crucial transition time and often determine your likelihood of remaining in the profession.

While you may feel confident in your content knowledge, you may lack sufficient support and preparation for other aspects of the teaching profession.

“51% of new teachers report being under great stress several days a week.”

How We Can Help

Our team provides many resources and professional development opportunities for new teachers, including:

  • Collaborative workshops, lectures and other professional development opportunities to engage you in a supportive atmosphere.  
  • An ongoing network that connects you with other new teachers and more experienced educators in the area and alumni of Merrimack’s teacher-education programs.
  • New teacher support symposiums that bring together new and experienced teachers in the field and encourage you to form connections in the local community.
  • Mentorship and resources provided by seasoned educators who offer support and feedback for new and developing teachers. 

Our Goals

  • To provide you with support, guidance and resources to ease your transition from novice to professional.
  • To encourage your confidence by promoting methods and techniques in stress reduction, classroom management and self- and student motivation.
  • To familiarize you with the responsibilities of teaching and adapting to the culture of the education profession.
  • To provide you with strategies and resources from experienced educators to create a collaborative and supportive community.
  • To increase retention of new and developing teachers in the local area.
  • To ensure that every student has a highly effective, well-prepared and confident teacher.

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Ask An Expert: Teacher Support Hotline

Welcome to our Ask an Expert: Teacher Support Hotline! We want to help you as you navigate your own classroom, and we encourage any and all of our current and rising educators to submit their questions and concerns to us. Submissions can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Questions for how to navigate the transition between student to part- or full-time professional
  • Advice on how to handle a crisis in your classroom among your students, among your colleagues, among the guardians and families, etc.
  • Strategies for time management, classroom management, conflict resolution, creative projects, etc.
  • Tips for finding new jobs or necessary professional development opportunities
  • And so much more!
We will provide you with a response as soon as possible.

Ask An Expert: Teacher Support Hotline

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