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KIMBERLY WAKEFIELD

Instructional Coach – Educational collaborator supporting teachers to create a purposeful and intentional instructional environment through goals and student outcomes. 

I have been a teacher since 2001.  I started my teaching career in Florida in a 4th grade classroom in Seminole County.  After meeting Ryan, I moved to Montana and began my teaching career in Kalispell Public Schools.  I taught 5th grade for many years and moved into the Instructional Coaching role for the 2011-2012 school year, first as a literacy coach through the Montana Striving Readers Project and now as the K-5 Instructional Coach for one of the five elementary school of Kalispell Public Schools.

I strongly believe all students, regardless of ability, have the opportunity to instruction that will guide them to reach their full potential. Partnership and opportunity in learning is the key to all of our success.  It is through partnerships with teachers, families and students that allow optimal learning experiences in all of our schools.  It takes all hands and all hearts working together for the success of students, schools and futures.

As I continue to transition from classroom teacher to classroom supporter, I learn daily how critical relationships are to student achievement.  Just as no significant learning can occur in a classroom without positive student-teacher relationships, I believe significant coaching experiences hinge on relationships as well.  

I’ve learned a few things the last few years in my coaching role, much of what I’ve learned is by trial and error and making mistakes.  I believe that making mistakes is the precipice for how we learn and that through struggle and perseverance we can accomplish anything. This is the mindset that is critical to growth.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this learning community and information on how I spend my days as an instructional coach, please email me at kim@leverageliteracy.com to be added to my mailing list.

A few personal tidbits when I’m not working:

…enjoy spending quality time with my husband Ryan and our wonderful sons: Braden, Bryson and Bosley
…love the outdoors: hiking, running and relaxing on the lake
…catch up on my PLN #educoach and twitter feed
…baking
…college football: proud supporter of Florida State Seminoles: Nole Nation
…exercising: there’s nothing like a rush of endorphins, it doesn’t matter how, just move your body!

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