Instructional Coach Information
Our Instructional Coaches work within the Educational Services department. The Instructional Coach/Professional Learning structure was established as a component of RSD's LCAP plan to ensure the necessary support and success of classroom teachers. The purpose of having Instructional Coaches is to provide personalized professional learning support for teacher success, with the ultimate outcome focused on continually improving student achievement. Instructional coaches engage in confidential, non-evaluative conversations with teachers, helping them implement effective instructional practices. They work with teachers one-on-one and in small groups to successfully apply and reinforce what is learned through theory, demonstration, and practice. Their work is intentional and deliberate, providing real-time support and specific feedback designed to improve practice. They offer differentiated, ongoing, job-embedded professional learning in a safe environment, focusing on school-wide improvement, building teacher capacity, and increasing student engagement. Our 2019-20 coaches are listed below.
Pat is entering her thirteenth year with the Romoland School District. She is a transfer from Michigan’s educational system, where she taught for 24 years before becoming a Literacy Coach and a facilitator for the MI Department of Education. She is a mentor and National Board Certified Teacher: Early Childhood Generalist, along with being a Certified Teacher Leader. She is a DIBELS, Core Six, and Language Essentials of Teachers of Reading and Spelling trainer. Pat was involved in DELTA and recently in TEEM and is also a Leading Edge Digital Educator. She is also Orton-Gillingham trained. As an Instructional Coach, Pat is available to provide assistance with early literacy instruction, including Wonders and Study Sync Programs, their resources, tutorials and activities. She is available to assist with Language Arts planning, modeling Guided and Close Reading, and also with providing support for high needs students.
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Heather has been teaching in the Romoland School District for the past seven years. She graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Education. Afterwards, she received her teaching credential along with a Masters degree in education at University of California, Riverside. Heather develops her craft of teaching by seeking out knowledge of 21st Century teaching and learning methods and Future Ready learning environments. She obtained her Leading Edge Certification in Blended and Online Learning, is a Google Certified Educator Levels 1-2, a Newsela Certified Educator, and is GATE certified. A vital part of her continuing education includes being an active member of CUE (Computer Using Educators), and she currently holds the title of Social Committee member for the local IACUE affiliate. Another important element in Heather’s tool belt is supporting the implementation of inclusion and personalized learning in the classroom. She has presented at numerous conferences, in classrooms with teachers, school districts, and at the county level on the positive effects inclusion has for all students. Inspired by continued leadership and growth within the educational system, Heather has also obtained her Administrative Credential through the Leadership Institute of Riverside County. Heather is available to provide support, guidance, and inspiration based on current educational pedagogies that can be translated within the classroom through practice and collaboration.
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Steve has been a math educator for over 25 years. He is also a published author and national speaker. Steve spent over 3 years working with the California Department of Education on various projects. Some of those included: Reviewing the middle school math adoption, creating and reviewing digital library resources and assessment items for the CAASPP, participating in the Smarter Balanced Level Setting, and working with the Director of Smarter Balanced and the UCLA Math Team to align digital library resources with California Interim Assessment items. He has vast knowledge of math content standards, standards for mathematical practice, and math assessment. Steve joined the RSD coaching team in 2017, and his math knowledge and skills were immediately welcomed by staff seeking his support. Steve is available to work with individuals, or teams, in aligning content standards to assessment. This can include planning, modeling, co-teaching, or giving feedback through a completed coaching cycle.
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Sherry is entering her thirteenth year with Romoland School District. She has a Master of Science degree in Reading and holds a Literacy Leadership Specialist credential. Sherry's roles as Grade Level Chair, BTSA Support Provider, SBAC Item Reviewer, RES Literacy Team Member, and TEEM participant have signitficantly prepared her for the role of ELA Instructional Coach. She has extensive knowledge of ELA State Standards, California ELA/ELD Framework, iReady Reading instructional grouping, AVID Deep Reading strategies, Writing Workshop, and research-based literacy instruction that accelerates student learning. She is also Orton-Gillingham trained. Sherry is skilled in analyzing and writing assessment items using SBAC item specifications. She has also partnered with Achieve the Core Advocate Network and International Readin Association to enhance her expertise. Sherry is excited to partner with individual teachers or grade-level teams to assist in helping achieve the greatest success for all students. This work may include curriculum support, reflecting on current pedagogy, developing new instructional methods, problem-solving, modeling, co-planning, and/or co-teaching.
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Isabel is beginning her 18th year with the Romoland School District. Previously, she taught in the Temecula School District where she co-founded a dual immersion program. Her experiences working with educators as a BTSA Support Provider, Master teacher, and adjunct professor at Cal-State San Marcos’ College of Education have all prepared her for her role as a coach. Isabel’s experience also includes being the DELAC Chairperson and EL Coordinator at Chase Middle. She holds a Masters in Biliteracy with emphasis on language acquisition and parental involvement. Her role as an Instructional Coach is to assist teachers in the area of English Language Development and English learner reclassification. She will continue to help to implement the ELD Standards and train for the ELPAC which has replaced the CELDT. Isabel is available to assist you with planning/modeling/teaching lessons in ELD and assist during PLCs.
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