Rona Messmore2012 John L. Thompson Award for Excellence in School Counseling - Rona Messmore

Holmes Junior High; Cedar Falls Community Schools

Program: Holmes Junior High Mentoring Program

Recruits mentors from UNI Teacher Education Program and matches with students

“Rona Messmore is responsible for organizing and implementing the mentor program. She has spent many hours insuring each student/mentor pairing is a good one. Ms. Messmore is facilitating opportunities for young people to gain experience , build relationships, and make memories that will last far beyond their K-12 and college experiences. (classroom teacher)

“I’ve seen first hand the deep impact the mentoring has had on our students. When students know it is time to meet with their mentor, their demeanor completely changes for the better. Knowing that someone older has set aside time for only them that day makes such a difference in their lives.” (classroom teacher)

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