Hidden Valley Elementary teacher chosen as educator mentoring partner of year

Hidden Valley Elementary teacher chosen as educator mentoring partner of year
Hidden Valley Elementary School teacher Michael Hayes (center) was selected as educator mentoring partner of the year. (Photo: Brandon Todd)

Each January, in conjunction with National Mentoring Month, the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance gathers to honor the remarkable mentoring work that takes place in the Charlotte community.

The alliance highlights the achievements of individuals and organizations who have made it their mission to inspire and motivate our youth and their families to continue to lead positive lives.

There were seven award categories, including educator mentoring partner of the year, first responder mentoring partner of the year, grassroots mentoring organization of the year, best collaboration in mentoring, peer mentor of the year, mentee of the year and mentor of the year.

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Hidden Valley Elementary School teacher Michael Hayes was selected winner as educator mentoring partner of the year.

Hayes was acknowledged for the great impact he has had on his students and the Hidden Valley community.

“The best thing about Charlotte is our people,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “This community is comprised of many generous people who work tirelessly to give back to others.”

At the recent awards ceremony, Lyles said that throughout her time as mayor, she has come to know many great examples of how our community comes together and strives to create better opportunities for our youth.

(Photo: Brandon Todd)

Hayes currently serves 56 students, spanning two classes each day, to support their growth through the school day. Then, he continues the important work throughout his afternoon program as he mentors up to 60 students in academia, social and emotional needs and has made a huge impact for students in Hidden Valley.

Many of his former students return to the school for advice, mentoring, tutoring or just to say thank you for his guidance.

Lyles acknowledged the meaningful work performed by mentoring agencies and individuals in Charlotte along with the dedication required to support the social and emotional well-being of our future community leaders.

“As mentors and advocates, we personify the generosity of spirit and the unconditional giving of self often required during the most vulnerable circumstances,” Lyles said.

The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance connects Charlotte mentoring organizations to promote mentoring and its best practices through training sessions and workshops, recognition and establishing quality standards for mentoring in the city.

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