New Teacher, Mentor Making a Difference at Providence Elementary

School News
May 16, 2019

fourth grade student and mentorMentors make a huge difference in the lives of students at Providence Elementary.  Over the years, the school has had many successful mentor-mentee collaborations and one this year involves a fourth grade student and Jacob Williams, a new physical education teacher. Gavin and Williams met in October and instantly formed a strong bond. Gavin was struggling to adjust to fourth grade and experiencing stress coming to school. Williams shared that he was experiencing some of the same concerns since he was new to Providence this year. By telling his own story and offering strategies to Gavin for tackling issues, Williams has helped turn Gavin into a student who now enjoys coming to school and has become more engaged in classroom activities. Williams’ gentle approach, kindness, and support make Gavin look forward to coming to school every day, especially knowing he gets to spend time with his mentor each week. The bond that these two have formed in a short period of time is just one of many examples of Providence’s successful mentor-mentee program. Providence mentors also come from Apple Federal Credit Union, the City of Fairfax School Board, Fairfax City and Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments, City of Fairfax Council members, and Providence Elementary school staff.  Contact news liaison Gina Shelton at gcshelton@fcps.edu