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.
Teaching and Learning Manager
Deaunn J. Stovall is Porter-Leath’s Teaching and Learning Manager and previously served the organization as an Education Specialist, Instructional Coach and Social Emotional Learning Manager. Ms. Stovall manages the Social Emotional Health program in partnership with the Momentous Institute. This initiative successfully integrates a culture of Social Emotional Learning in Porter-Leath classrooms by implementing a multidisciplinary, strategic intervention team curriculum and video coaching with proven student and teacher outcomes.
Ms. Stovall developed a Parent Engagement approach for Porter-Leath with a Social Emotional focus designed for intentional family/child interactions, parent education and at-home social emotional awareness.
She also co-founded the H.O.P. E. (Helping Our Professionals Excel) Initiative. H.O.P.E. is an internal Porter-Leath program, which promotes social, emotional and physical wellness activities among staff members. The initiative emphasizes positive engagement, team building and acknowledgement of staff exhibiting exemplar job performance.
She has 28 years in Early Childhood and began her love of working with young children in her family’s child care centers in the Memphis area. Ms. Stovall holds degrees in Early Childhood has worked as a childcare cook, bus driver, Pre-K teacher, Childcare Director, Parent Coordinator, EHS Home-based Supervisor and Pre-K Monitor for Memphis City Schools. She loves to empower those around her, has a passion for dancing, meditating, reading, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Ms. Stovall’s favorite children’s book is “The Little Engine that Could” by Watty Piper.