There is a saying adapted from the Dao that when the work of a good mentor is done and his/her purpose fulfilled, his/her student shall say, “I did this myself.” Our mentoring philosophy reflects this, whether we are guiding students to synthesize complex concepts in physics, chemistry or math, or to write basic essays and develop better skills in reading and understanding literature.

In all cases, while we share our insight and process, students integrate and experiment with it, and maintain the integrity of their own work. Students gain independence through shared stories, practice and improvisation. Mentors are compassionate, understanding and caring while working with the highest levels of skill and appropriate ethical boundaries for the students’ benefit.