Mentor teachers at Mt. Lebanon High School serve to guide the international students. With varied backgrounds and experiences in the high school disciplines, they help keep the students on track for a successful school year. Although the mentor teachers work with the program director concerning the whole group in a variety of services, mentors are also responsible for the students starting with registration and scheduling through discussing and alleviating any issues that arise from academic, attendance, or social perspectives.
Mrs. Carlie McGinty, Program Director
Mrs. McGinty has worked in public education for the past nine years, five of those with the Mt. Lebanon School District. She currently serves in the high school administration as Dean of Students. Prior to that she worked for ten years as a private tutor specializing in SAT preparation. Before her work in education, Mrs. McGinty worked for Calgon Carbon Corporation for nine years in various capacities including Director of Strategic Planning before leaving to raise her family.
She enjoys working with the International Student Program because of the opportunity for cultural exchange and understanding that she encourages between the international students and the resident students of the Mt. Lebanon School District.
Mrs Connie Booth, Mentor Teacher
Mrs. Booth has been an educator for twenty-seven years. For the past seventeen years she has served as an English teacher at the high school as well as a liaison between the faculty and the administration regarding issues such as safety and new building construction.
She has enjoyed getting to know the international students and helping them to navigate our large American high school. She has found it to be an interesting and gratifying experience creating the International Student Program from its inception, anticipating the students' needs, and representing our school, community, and country.
Mrs. Joan Hayden, Mentor Teacher
Mrs. Hayden has been a teacher of French for 28 years in the Mt. Lebanon schools. Prior to that, she spent a year teaching English conversation to university students in France. She has lived and studied overseas in both England and France, including a gap year at a French high school, and organized many home-stay trips for Mt. Lebanon students to France. Mrs. Hayden has experienced first-hand the many challenges and joys of living far from one’s native land.
She enjoys working with the international students to help them succeed in an American high school and to grow, not only in language fluency, but also in cultural awareness and global understanding.
Mrs. Amanda Checque, Mentor Teacher
Mrs. Checque has been an educator for nine years. She has taught a wide range of mathematics at the high school and has experience working with all grade levels. Through Mt. Lebanon’s Continuing Education Program, Mrs. Checque has prepared students for college entrance exams and has also taught Japanese to adults. Aside from her intense passion for teaching, she loves music and gardening.
She enjoys working with the international students and helping them find success in their endeavors during their time here. She is impressed by their abilities and helps create an environment where they can connect with others to flourish both academically and socially.