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.
Earl Head Start Social Emotional Learning Coach
Larissa Fullilove graduated from the University of Memphis with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She worked with infants and toddlers for 12 years as a classroom teacher and is passionate about helping families, children and staff reach their goals. She is currently endorsed by the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee.
Larissa's philosophy of instructional coaching is to collaborate with school-based staff, supporting teachers by cultivating ownership of the social-emotional implementation of best practices. She promotes learning practices that support social-emotional excellence for teachers and students, which will enhance the development of supportive classroom management practice, a positive school climate and increase the development of academic, social, and emotional supports for students.