This is the time of year when some resident educators, and even veteran teachers, encounter the “Disillusionment Phase” of teaching. This phase occurs when teachers are past the excitement of a new year and not quite yet rejuvenated by spring’s arrival. While it is normal, mentors can help their resident educators by keeping the positive energy flowing. Resident educators need their mentors to actively participate in their development and encourage them though activities like mentoring conversations, a chat over morning coffee or an event to celebrate their accomplishments at this point in the school year. Be creative! Mentors can lead resident educators to achieve great things in 2019 by modeling a positive mindset and providing support and motivation.