As an Instructional Coach at Maple Glen Elementary, the heart of my work is cultivating a learning community that is focused on student learning. I am proud to work in a school district that keeps our kids as the top priority!
Everything in my background, education, and training, has prepared me for and led me to this amazing job. I completed my undergraduate degree at DePauw University where I majored in Elementary Education. I earned my Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Butler University. I spent over ten summers on the shores of Lake Michigan working for the American Youth Foundation’s youth leadership programs (Grades 4-12) and worked full time for two years as the Family Liaison. Most of my teaching career has been in second grade, with four years at Shamrock Springs Elementary and ten years at Maple Glen Elementary. Some recent training opportunities include Diane Sweeney’s Student Centered Coaching Conference, Teachers College Reading Institute at Columbia University, and Cognitive Coaching Training from Thinking Collaborative.
Even though I’m just in my second year in this position, I have already seen the tremendous value of the student-centered coaching model that we use at WWS. The coaching cycles are a true partnership between teacher and coach, where we teach, collaborate, and grow side-by-side. Our focus is always on student learning. In this work, I get to empower students to believe in themselves, set and reach goals, and grow to become their best selves. Also in this work, I get the opportunity to cultivate a genuine love of learning within our school community.
I am passionate about learning and I am grateful to have a coaching team that continues to support and push my own learning! The team of WWS Instructional Coaches recently presented our model at the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) Conference. Sharing our story with educators from across the state gave us a moment to pause and recognize the positive impact being made every day in our schools. In continuing to share here with our students’ families, I hope to have given you a glimpse into the investments being made in our students.
One of my favorite parts of being an Instructional Coach is telling our story and celebrating the hard work of our staff and students. Please follow me on Twitter at @MrsGroganWWS to see the exciting learning at Maple Glen!