Closing our Mentor of the Week series, Be A Mentor is celebrating "Mentor in Real Life," which commends longstanding mentor commitments, business partner relationships, and ensuring quality mentoring to maximize positive outcomes for young people. This is the perfect chance to highlight Jannie Shaw-Busby, a Lunch Buddy to Adriana at Saint Andrew’s School of Math & Science (SASMS) and employee at GEL. Be A Mentor is honored to have partnered with GEL for the last several years and to have Jannie in the program.
Jannie describes Adriana as an extremely sweet, caring, and very affectionate young lady who loves her family. They share a love for reading and Jannie admits they are both a bit shy. “When I first met Adrianna, she was quiet and shy. Now, we talk like old friends,” she shared.
Giving her a chance to mix her occupation with her passion for mentoring, Jannie enjoys GEL’s partnership with Be A Mentor. “Because of this partnership, the mentees were able to visit GEL and I was able to show Adrianna how I spend my day at work,” she said. “My favorite memory of Adrianna was when all of the SASMS visited GEL. She was so excited that she got to see my desk and tour the laboratory. I also enjoy her enthusiasm every time I come to have lunch with her,” she continued.
Jannie loves mentoring and hopes to continue for as long as possible, because she feels it is her way of paying it forward. “I too am the product of a mentor so for me it's a way to give back a little of what was given to me,” she said.