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 has over thirty years of experience working in the early childhood setting as a teacher, education manager, program director, and instructional coach with a passion for literacy. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Learning, and an Early Literacy Specialist certification from the Summer Teaching Program University of Texas, Health Science at Houston, Texas.
Loraine's philosophy of instructional coaching is to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to each day’s coaching process. She believe that she owes it to her childcare partners and community to bring consistency, deep learning, diligence, and passion to her coaching profession in the hope that she can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the early childcare community.