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

As an Instructional Coach with the Teacher Excellence Program, Kimberly provides instructional support to community childcare centers for NEXT Memphis. With more than 12+ years of diverse experience in early childhood, Kimberly's passion for connecting and fostering a healthy relationship with students, educators, and families has allowed her to excel in her profession as an early childhood educator. She is able to make an impact on a larger scale and directly influence those who work with children daily through research-based instructional/relational support.

Kimberly’s favorite quote is from Malcolm X: "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."