Two local teachers selected by state to mentor first year educators 

Sara Chreene (left) and Josh Beavers

Two local teachers have been selected by the state to mentor and support new educators across Louisiana.

Sara Chreene and Josh Beavers are two of two dozen teachers from across the state selected to be a part of the New Teacher Experience which is designed to assist new educators who may be overwhelmed by all that goes along with keeping up with the ever-changing state of education in America. 

Chreene teaches first grade at Central Elementary. Beavers teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English at Lakeside. This is Chreene’s first year with the program and Beavers’ second.

“Being chosen to participate in the program is exciting and an honor,” Chreene said. “I want to be a listening ear and encourager for them and help them through this year.”

Chreene said the first year in the classroom can be a challenge so being a part of the New Teacher Experience is a wonderful resource.

Both veteran teachers will work with a number of new educators each month. The group will hold virtual meetings, so they can all share their experiences and solutions to cope with challenges. 

Louisiana education leaders hope this program will help build the confidence in new teachers and improve their students’ achievements. The program is also designed to retain new teachers, so they do not leave after just a few years in the classroom.

Every Webster Parish new educator is participating in the program, and Chreene and Beavers will speak to new teachers Friday morning about what to expect. 

For more information on the state’s New Teacher Experience program, visit