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Groton Public Schools Mentoring Program

Every child needs a champion.
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Mentor Program Contacts

Jennifer Anthony, Director
Sharon Schick
Leigh Sammons

Mentor Program Spotlight: John Sisby

How long have you been a mentor?

I began mentoring about 25 years ago. At the time I began mentoring, I lived in North Tonawanda, NY and the Rotary Club of the Tonawandas initiated a mentoring program at Payne Jr. High School. When I moved to Groton in 2000, I signed up for the mentoring program with Groton Public Schools. I was a mentor until COVID paused the program. My wife and I rejoined the mentoring program this past spring.

Why did you want to become a mentor?

I became a mentor for several reasons. My career was in community recreation so I’ve worked with kids all of my life. In addition, my Dad was a schoolteacher and many of his lessons I have been able to use as a Mentor. Furthermore, I’ve had many Mentors who made a difference in my life, so I know the long-term value of mentoring. Finally, I value role modeling and try to be a good role model for my mentees. I help them value their successes so they may have many more.

What is your most memorable moment as a mentor?

My most memorable moment is when my mentee smiles and thanks me for spending time with him. I’ve mentored students at all three levels of education in Groton. One of my mentees I mentored from elementary school to high school. Seeing them progress academically and socially was a very rewarding experience for me.

What is your favorite thing to do with your mentees?

Generally, I use card and board games to initiate interaction between us. During our conversation, I try to build their self-confidence and also teach them to think through situations short term and long term. We discuss the value of education and the importance of enjoying today and planning for tomorrow. Being a mentor makes my day! I enjoy interacting with children of different personality types. I was a shy kid so I try to help shy boys gain confidence and self-esteem. For boys with lots of energy, I try to help them focus on worthwhile outcomes. If I can help each mentee just a little, my day is a better one!! My ultimate goal is to help every mentee be all that he can be!

Winter Newsletter

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Interested in becoming a mentor?

Fill out our Mentor Interest Form below.

Mentor Interest Form


First Name
Last Name

Steps to Become a Mentor: 

  • Fill out the mentor interest survey 
  • Meet with our mentor coordinator 
  • Background Check/fingerprinting (paid by district)
  • Personal reference check
  • Attend a two-hour mentor training


  • 18 years or older
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete a GPS volunteer application and screening process
  •  Be willing to adhere to all Groton Board of Education employee policies
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting time commitments