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VBEC honorary mentor: Nina Di Leo

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 16, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.


Want to be a mentor?

Call the Victoria Business and Education Coalition at 361-572-8232.

The Victoria Business and Education Coalition is honoring mentors who donate their time to work with students in Victoria schools.

This week's spotlight mentor is Nina Di Leo, an independent mentor of students at Patti Welder Middle School.

How long have you been a mentor for the district?

Four years.

What made you decide to be a mentor?

I'm a former teacher wanting to give back to students, and I wanted to see the Patti Welder campus before my own children attended.

What do you feel you bring to the student?

Assistance with how to approach problems, individual attention, expectations of success and openness to learning from mistakes.

What do you enjoy most about mentoring?

Interacting with smart, charismatic young people who benefit from my assistance, capable and welcoming leaders.

What have you learned by the student, educational system, etc. that has enlightened you?

That teaching learning strategies, grit, self-control and self-knowledge is more important than teaching math skills.

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