Carla Schmidt is an instructional coach at Jackson Elementary School in Elmhurst Illinois. Schmidt is currently in her 16th year as an educator. She spent five years as a 3rd-grade teacher, one year as a 4th-grade teacher, and five years as a PE teacher. The 2021-22 school year is her fifth year as an instructional coach. As a coach, Schmidt partners with teachers to enhance student learning, support instructional practices, and promote reflection. To best support students and staff, she has attended many conferences and had the honor to present at Learning Forward's Annual Conference in 2020 and 2021 with her principal and coaching consultant.