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.

Kimberly K. Carter, MEd.

Instructional Coach

Kimberly has been in Early Childhood Education since 2007, working alongside some of the best educators and administration teams in Mississippi and Shelby County. She is an alumna of the Mississippi University for Women, where she received her B.S. Degree in Family and Consumer Science, and Strayer University where she received an M.Ed. in Educational Management. She has also obtained a Certificate in Early Education Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Kimberly's philosophy of instructional coaching is to partner and support a professional learning community that focuses on best practices, growth, development, professional learning, and research instructional support to enhance and promote growth trajectory for students and educators.