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.

Nicole Williams

Instructional Coach

Nicole Williams has been in Early Childhood and Secondary education since 1998, working alongside some of the best educators and administration teams within Shelby County. She is an alumnus of the University of Memphis and Walden University and has received certification in Early Education Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Nicole's philosophy of instructional coaching is to facilitate educator growth, development, and professional learning in ways that lead to higher learner achievement. Engaging in conversations (educators & students) that keep the end goal in mind for students, determine a process for where students need to go and how we will get that child there.