Mentorship is a two way street. Traffic is generally heavier in the direction of the mentee but their can and should be some return to the mentor. This is what makes it so unique because it provides an enriching development experience for both parties. This is why I am happy to have Kim Mitchell as a mentor as we both are growing and learning from each other.
Kim has been an FCS educator for 21 years on the secondary and post secondary levels. She has been involved with ACTE on the local, state, and national level in the FCS division, State associations, and national fellows program. Kim is a wealth of knowledge and genuine person that I am happy to get to work with this year.
As we talked during our first meeting, it was more of a conversation between two friends rather than an interview. We talked about our leadership journeys, career paths, and just fun facts about FCS and FCCLA. During our conversation, Kim was able to reaffirm something that has been whispering in the back of my mind- sometimes information comes when you least expect. Just in our short conversation, we gave each other a couple ideas about several topics that we both didn’t expect to get when we first started to talk. We all know that we should have a network of people to talk to but sometimes you just talk to someone new or try something and you might just get what you need.
I feel that I can call on Kim just to chat and pick her brain about any topics and I see her doing the same. I hope this mentorship helps us both grow and being one more supporter into each other’s life.