|Mona Smith (second from right), a volunteer for Glenpool Mentor Match, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by Smith’s mentee, Marissa. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Mona Smith, assistant superintendent of Glenpool Public Schools, has been named the outstanding mentor for Glenpool Mentor Match, a program of the Glenpool Foundation for Academic Excellence.
The mentoring program began in 2013 by matching school administrators with fourth and fifth-grade students. Volunteers commit to spend 30 minutes each week helping students with academic or personal development skills based on the child’s needs. Smith volunteered for the program in 2014 and was matched with Marissa, a fifth-grader.
“Mrs. Smith has been a huge supporter of Glenpool Mentor Match in many ways,” said program director Elizabeth White. “She was matched with Marissa, and they hit it off immediately.”
The two enjoy having lunch, playing games and taking selfies together, Elizabeth said. “As a former principal and now as an assistant superintendent, Mrs. Smith is a strong female leader for Marissa and the other elementary students. Her weekly presence on the elementary school campus impacts more than just Marissa because Mrs. Smith's passion for the students in Glenpool is contagious.”
Mrs. Smith has also provided support of Glenpool Mentor Match by highlighting the program when speaking publicly about Glenpool Public Schools.
“It is because of strong administrative support like Mona's that has made Glenpool Mentor Match a success,” Elizabeth said. “We are so thankful to have such a great female role model in our program.”