First of all, thanks to everyone for their comments, advice and sympathy on my mentoring woes. I needed it. :)
Miss R left the following comment:
Wow! Is your state short on teachers? She must be just hired on as a sub then, right? Well, if she really is going to be sticking around-- I suggest that the principal, instead of burdening you overmuch, schedule some regular time for this teacher "Miss F" to observe other teachers. Schedule a sub for her for two hours in the day while she observes you, her mentor teacher, and others. Perhaps if she doesn't take your suggestions she would like another style of teaching better.Honestly, If i had come into teaching with no prior knowledge, training, or experience, I might be a little overwhelmed with all of your suggestions. Try giving her one "suggestion" each week to work on, and have a maybe 10 min de-briefing time to talk about how it has been going. Also she should be doing some catching up--including on her reading. Maybe have her read Harry Wong's New Teacher book to start. Hopefully she has a little motivation to do this, it is a lot of work.
I don't think our state is short on teachers. The problem is that it's hard to find people who are willing to work for a Catholic school salary when they could go to the public school and make more money. And since Catholic school teachers don't need to be certified, we can pretty much hire anyone. I honestly don't think Miss F has much interest in teaching. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Not everyone is cut out to be a teacher. I like her a lot, but she just doesn't seem motivated enough to invest the time or energy necessary to do this job well. I'm sure she'd be great at other things, though.
Principal has asked her to observe me, as well as some of the other teachers in our school. She hasn't done it yet. I guess Principal hasn't followed up on that. And as far as getting a sub to cover her class while she observes - that's another story altogether.
Also, I agree with Miss R that my advice probably would be overwhelming to anyone who has had absolutely no teaching experience or training. I didn't throw all that advice at her at once - we've met several times since the beginning of the school year. But I honestly don't know what other advice to give her. I tried to meet with her about assessments, but how can she test the kids if she can't even calm them down long enough to get through a lesson? I just figured the best way to attack it is to give her some help with classroom management first.
So things haven't gotten much better with that situation. And my main concern right now is my own classroom, followed by my grad school coursework. Mentoring has to come after that. I don't think it's wrong to selfish about that.