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The qualitative study described in this paper began as a collaborative project between three Universities offering comprehensive induction programs to first year teachers. Fourteen teacher mentors were selected to participate in this case study of teacher leaders and leadership. Three of the fourteen teacher leaders were selected to participate in a special case study of their leadership development. The researchers found their leadership qualities to be exemplary and wanted to explore in more depth the three teacher leaders and how they developed and shared their skills as leaders with their mentees and colleagues. The three participants represent perspectives from three states: Missouri, Nebraska, and Texas. All three participants discuss their perspectives on leadership, the challenges they faced in their role as mentors, how they learned to navigate school culture in the role of mentor teacher leader, and their influence on their mentees.


Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in St. Louis, Missouri, February 15-18, 2014.