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After a tumultuous end to the 2019-2020 school year, it is more important than ever to cultivate new teachers in the field of education. Combining the experience of veteran teachers with the eagerness and adaptability of students in clinical practice (student teaching) a new form of co-teaching may emerge for the fall semester that covers both in classroom and virtual classroom options. Student teachers experienced the student side of virtual learning during the spring semester and are able to offer valuable insight and knowledge for school communities. This article provides five guidelines for how teachers can mentor clinical practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic: 1) Reflect and relate, 2) Collaborate and listen, 3) Trust and engage, 4) Develop and empower, and 5) Converse, recommend, and release. The article offers specific discussion topics and practices to implement during field experience for a successful student teaching experience for both the student and the mentor teacher.