Ayana Etienne is a reading coach at Sulphur Springs K - 8 Community School in Tampa, FL. This is her 11th year as a reading coach in Hillsborough County. Prior to taking on the challenge as a reading coach, she was a third- and fourth-grade classroom teacher. Education is a second career for Ayana, therefore, she obtained her education course work from Hillsborough Community College's Educator Preparation Institute, a program for students who have degrees in other areas but need education credits to fulfill state certification teaching requirements. One of Ayana's most valuable experiences as a coach was being able to work as a reading coach facilitator at the Hillsborough County Reading Coach Summer Institute - training classroom teachers to become reading coaches for ten summers in a row.
Coaches inspiring change during difficult timesTeachers need coaches more than ever. However, they have less time than ever for consistent coaching cycles. With challenges like school reform, filling vacancies, lack of substitutes, and teacher burnout, coaches are looking for ways to inspire and impact teachers without overloading them. What creative coaching opportunities have encouraged teachers […]