Meet the Teacher Excellence Program's Leadership and Instructional Coaches

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.

Loraine Crump

Instructional Coach

Loraine Crump is an Instructional Coach with Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program, specifically partnering with Family Childcare Providers. She has partnered with over 30 providers in her tenure to help improve providers’ existing knowledge and practices in early childhood education and to promote the professionalism of family childcare providers in the Memphis community. Ms Crump passionately believes that every child regardless of childcare setting should have the opportunity to learn in an environment that supports engaging, well-planned activities as well as an environment that is designed to enable staff to facilitate the optimum learning of children.

Ms. Crump’s favorite children’s book is “Stellaluna” by Janell Cannon.