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.

Tammy Manning

Instructional Coach

Tammy Manning is very passionate about teaching and learning. As an Instructional Coach, she makes sure that the teachers feel appreciated and well supported. Her goal is to be a resource for teachers and to ensure there is sound collaboration and planning behind instruction. Her desire is for every child to gain the knowledge they need and deserve to set the foundation for life-long learners.

My favorite children's book is "Miss Nelson is Missing!" by James Marshall.