Mentoring Network

Are you a new Kansas Music Educator? If so, the KMEA Mentoring Network is here to provide you with opportunities to…

  • CONNECT with experienced mentors and fellow beginning music educators
  • ENGAGE in professional learning through mentoring events and online discussions
  • ENJOY SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT from a community of professionals who are committed to your success.

Register your email
If you would like to receive monthly emails from the KMEA Mentoring Network (and you aren’t already receiving them) please fill out our contact form. Once you have registered, the KMEA Mentoring team will be in touch.

Mentoring Calendar 2023-24

Mentoring Network Event – Cultivating Connections
September 9, 2023 — 10:00 – 11:30 AM via Zoom

The KMEA Mentoring Network is excited about Cultivation Connections at the upcoming Fall Mentoring Summit!

  • CELEBRATE TOGETHER while enjoying support and encouragement from a community of professionals who are committed to your success.
  • SHARE INSIGHT in professional learning through mentoring events and online discussions.
  • CONNECT WITH OTHERS, including experienced mentors and fellow beginning music educators.
Fall District Mentoring Meetings
For Beginning Music Educators and teachers new to Kansas
  • Northwest: TBD
  • North Central: Aug. 30, Manhattan HS
    • 5:00 PM – Dinner (Free for 1st-year teachers)
    • 5:30 PM – Meeting
  • Northeast: Sep. 11, Lawrence HS
    • 5:15 PM – New Teachers
    • 6:00 PM – Dinner
    • 6:45 PM – Meeting
  • East Central: Aug. 29, Gardner-Edgerton HS
    • 5:30 PM – Mentoring Meet & Greet
    • 6:00 PM – Dinner
    • 6:30 PM – Business Meeting
    • 7:00 PM – Break-out Meetings
  • Southwest: Sep. 17
    • 2:00 PM – Mentoring Kick-Off, via Zoom
  • South Central: Aug. 26, Augusta HS
    • 10:00 AM
  • Southeast: Aug. 23, Central Park Pavillion, 101 S. Forest, Chanute, KS
    • 5:30 PM – Music Teacher Kick-off, Taco Bar free for new teachers
Mentoring Chats – via Zoom (10:30 – 11:30 AM on each date)
  • October 7, 2023
  • March 30, 2024
Mentoring Conference
October 23, 2021 Jan. 22, 2022 – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Conference Information
KMEA In-Service Workshop – New Teacher Breakfast

1st-year teachers are invited to have a free breakfast on Saturday morning at the workshop. Registration will open in November alongside ISW registration.

Have a question or need help? Contact your District or State Mentoring Chairs.
NWKMEA: Alex Crowley – mentoring[at]
NCKMEA: Colleen Rodriguez – mentoring[at]
NEKMEA: Anne Neal – mentoring[at]
ECKMEA: Jason Sickel – mentoring[at]
SWKMEA: Cory Klaker – mentoring[at]
SCKMEA: Verlinda Stone and Ron Chronister – mentoring[at]
SEKMEA: Christine Lovell – mentoring[at]
State Co-Chairs: Elise Peterson, Holly Taylor and Sean Boller – mentoring[at]

New Teacher Handbook
Be sure to check out the New Teacher Handbook, a helpful resource designed for both first and second year teachers and experienced teachers who are new to Kansas.

Are you an experienced teacher who is new to Kansas?
Welcome!! While the KMEA State and District websites are a great resource to help you learn how things work in Kansas, sometimes it helps to talk through the details with an experienced colleague. Contact mentoring[at] to ask questions or to get connected with job-alike colleagues in your area.