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.

Envolyn Rinex

Instructional Coach

Envolyn Rinex has worked as an Instructional Coach for Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program since the program’s beginning. Her primary goals are to lead and assist educators, so that every child receives the highest quality of education in safe and optimal learning environments.

Ms. Rinex works to build meaningful relationships within the realm of childcare, while working with community childcare partners through NEXT Memphis. She currently co-chairs the committee that sponsors the Empowering Early Childhood Educator Directors’ Lunch and Learn; Educator Conference and End of the Year Banquet.