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 worked alongside the families and children of Shelby County for over 20 years. She served as an Educator, Center Director, Program Evaluator, and Coordinator with some of the best leaders Shelby County has to offer. As an Instructional Coach, she enjoys helping educators enhance skills they already have and strengthen skills for their individuals need in the classrooms. She connects educators with resources to help bring growth in teaching and learning, and connects teachers so that they can share best practices with one another.

Ms. Williams has been part of Porter-Leath’s Teacher Excellence Program since its inception in 2016. She and her SAC team received the 2019-2020 Shelby County Leadership Award, and she recently earned the designation of an Affiliated Trainer for TeachStone in Pre-K and Head Start. She is currently completing an EdD program which will bolster her work to foster positive outcomes for our young children and their families.

Ms. Williams' favorite childhood book growing up was "Little Bear" by Else Holmelund Minar.