Mentor's Compass

Weekly videos to guide your conversations with your son or mentee.

Video Series

Weekly videos to inspire and educate you on mentoring your son or student.

Weekly Handouts

Printable checklists and tips to help you plan your mentoring every week.

Direct Feedback

Heights faculty will monitor discussions during the first week after an episode is released.

What is Mentor's Compass?

Mentor's Compass is a series of short videos offering guidance to parents, teachers, and mentors of young men "fully alive." Each week we will post a new video dealing with practical aspects of guiding a boy towards Christian manhood: how do you set goals for a mentee? how do you handle procrastination? how do we adjust to the ubiquity of smart phones? how do we instill integrity in our boys? as mentors, how should we interact with parents, and vice versa? In addition to the weekly video, each module will present a downloadable PDF for you to print out and consider. Mentor's Compass is more than a video–it is the beginning of a conversation between you and your spouse, son, mentee, or mentee's parents. Allow us to walk with you as you strive to guide your son or mentee towards a life well lived.

"Mentoring at The Heights is a tutorial in Christian manhood, and Alex, through Mentor's Compass, is an excellent guide for mentors everywhere."

- Alvaro de Vicente, Headmaster at The Heights School
Alex Berthé
Alex Berthé
Mentor's Compass Instructor

About Alex

B.A. Columbia University; M.S.W. Catholic University of America

Alex Berthé, LCSW-C, joined The Heights faculty in 2016. He teaches seventh grade core and Spanish, and is a mentor to both middle and upper school students. Alex graduated from Columbia University in 2003 where he majored in political science. In 2011, he completed his graduate work at the Catholic University of America and earned a Master of Social Work. In addition to teaching, Alex is a Bethesda-based psychotherapist in private practice with a special interest in counseling families on child and adolescent development and marriage issues. Prior to joining The Heights, Alex was the Lower and Middle School Counselor at the Landon School, an independent school for boys in Bethesda, Maryland. He also served as the Director of the Tenley Achievement Program, a tutoring and character building program for underserved boys in Washington, DC. An All-Met soccer player in high school, Alex was a member of Columbia University’s varsity soccer team and maintains his love of the game through coaching. Alex and his wife, Andrea, have three children.

Joe Cardenas
Joe Cardenas
Head of Mentoring Program

About Joe

Joe Cardenas is the Head of the Mentoring program at The Heights.  Mr. Cardenas also teaches The Freshman Core and AP Art History.  Since coming to The Heights in 1994, he has organized cultural trips to Spain and Italy and service projects in Mexico and Peru.  Mr. Cardenas completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a degree  in American history; he received his M.A. in Private School Management from Columbia University. He taught at The Head-Royce School, an independent school in California, and at inner-city programs in Chicago and the Bronx before joining The Heights faculty.

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