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The Importance of Mentors in Special Education: Reflections from a Mentor and Mentee

Genesis Gonzalez began her career as a paraprofessional in Shira Moskovitz’s special education classroom, and that’s where the mentorship began. Now, Genesis has a special ed. class of her own but the lovefest of their mentor/mentee relationship isn’t over.

Shira Moskovitz and Genesis Gonzalez are both special education teachers. They met several years ago and after working together, Ms. Moskovitz became Ms. Gonzalez’s mentor. We had the chance to interview them and hear more about what they have learned from their mentor/mentee relationship. We also asked Ms. Moskovitz more about her mentoring experiences.

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