The Instructional Coaches are required to have a Masters’ degree, a minimum of six years of experience as early childhood education classroom Teachers and possess early childhood education content expertise with the ability to teach adult learners. In addition to developing and facilitating observation and research-based professional development, their primary work is to coach, mentor, model for and provide technical support and assistance to classroom Teachers designed to increase their classroom practices.
Porter-Leath's Teacher Excellence Program also has a specialized focus on social-emotional training for early childhood educators. In order to perform at their best, early childhood educators must understand young children's ability to regulate their emotions and to relate to the world. Children's social environment can affect their classroom behavior and academic performance long after preschool, so it is critical that all educators are able to model responsible emotional management, decision making and relationship skills.
Geneva Brimage has over 24 years of experience in early childhood education, including as a Head Start teacher and relief teacher at Porter-Leath. As a coach, Geneva enjoys helping new and veteran teachers with classroom management, instructional strategies, and professional goal setting. She has been an Instructional Coach with the Teacher Excellence Program since 2018. Geneva is an alumnus of the University of Memphis, where she received her BSECE, and an alumnus of Walden University, where she received an MS in Early Childhood Education.
Geneva's philosophy of instructional coaching is to purposefully plan and facilitate data-informed professional development that provides teachers with strategies to engage in practical, high-quality instructional practices and strengthen educators' knowledge and skill sets to positively impact student achievement outcomes.