Dylan Hooks and DeAndre

Savannah Parsons

Dylan Hooks and DeAndre

If you’re a part of Ms. Cole’s psychology and sociology class, you’ve mentored.

Mentoring is a time the psychology and sociology students get to spend with the special education students and observe their behavior.

Mentoring typically takes place during class on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Former mentor, Dylan Hooks, says he was “very excited” the first time he mentored.

Hooks ended up growing very close to the kids, especially Daryl and DeAndre. They made him laugh all the time and he learned how to help them without coming off as mean.

While mentoring you have a responsibility to help the kids with some things they can’t do on their own, while talking to them and getting to know them.

Social interaction is very important for their development.

Dylan’s favorite mentoring experience was getting to do their music festival with them. “The music festival is a thing where all the SPED kids around Richmond County perform a dance for the other SPED kids.” Hooks explained. The mentors get to dance with the kids and cheer them on.

Mentoring can be scary to some people who haven’t done it before.

Not knowing how the kids will react can be a bit nerve-racking.

Over time you realize that there’s nothing to be worried about because the kids are just like any other student in the school.