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.

Yolanda Mayotte, Ed. S.

Instructional Coach

Yolanda Mayotte graduated from the University of TN at Chattanooga with a dual degree in Elementary Education and Communications. She completed graduate work from Tennessee Tech University and holds both a Masters and Specialist of Education in Instructional Leadership and Supervision with an Endorsement in Administration.

Ms. Mayotte has over 15 years of direct teaching experience in Early Childhood Education teaching both Pre-k and Kindergarten. She has also served as a Program Director for a large 24hr/364 day a year Early Childhood Education program in Chattanooga. She is a TN State Trained Teacher Mentor and a former PATH Trainer for foster and adoptive parents.

Ms. Mayotte’s role as an Instructional Coach is to support teachers and students in the HeadStart/Pre-K classroom in whatever capacity needed. You may see her working with students in the classroom, collaborating with teachers in a meeting, cleaning and rearranging classrooms or providing teacher training virtually or at the Academy. What you will find in Ms. Mayotte as an instructional coach is a true teacher ally and a guide by the side to ensure that teachers feel supported in the work and professional development.

Ms. Mayotte’s favorite children’s book is "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson.