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.
Dr. Ka'Wanda Q. Bell-Leggett
Dr. Ka’Wanda Bell-Leggett has been an Instructional Coach for Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program for nearly two years. She has been in the educational setting for 20 years as a lower-elementary and middle school teacher, department lead, co-chair, and mentor teacher. Dr. Leggett is passionate about helping early childhood teachers realize and reach their potential success in the classroom, which is shown through the outcomes achieved by educators under her purview. In 2017, she earned a Doctoral degree in Reading & Literacy from Capella University. One of her favorite children’s book is entitled, “Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal” by Barbara Park.
Dr. Leggett lives by the words, “As long as there is faith the size of a mustard seed, nothing is impossible.” She lives near Horn Lake, MS with her 3-year-old son, husband, and 2 dogs.