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 degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Sociology. She has worked with infants and toddlers for 12 years and is passionate about helping families, children and staff reach their goals. She began her career as a teacher for Shelby County Early Head Start and later transitioned to a teacher here at Porter-Leath.
In her current role as a Social Emotional Learning Coach for Early Head Start, her goal is to help staff and children learn how to self-regulate their emotions, thoughts, and feelings, which will have a long-lasting effect on future behavior and mental wellness. Ms. Fullilove holds a Certification in CLASS Toddler Observation and an endorsement in Infant Mental Health, and is a LENA Grow Certified Coach.
Her favorite quote is by Conscious Discipline Creating the School Family: “Children gain confidence, self-control and an expanded skill set when they are able to see that mistakes are opportunities to learn a better way.”