We are a 1st grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, and Curriculum Director. Together we have over 30 years of experience in the classroom! Tatum is in her second year teaching fourth grade after spending 13 years in primary grades. She has presented to teachers across the state of Utah and nationally at the SDE Differentiated Instruction Conference. Amy currently teaches first grade. She has taught primary grades for five years. She has presented at the National Expeditionary Learning Conference in Boston. Emily has been an educator for 13 years. She is currently a curriculum director and instructional coach. Prior to this, she was a reading specialist and classroom teacher in both primary and upper grades. She has also presented to teachers across her state. The Core Coaches came together quite randomly, but we're glad we found each other! Emily and Tatum met on a writing team while designing teacher professional development courses for the State of Utah. They soon became friends and began presenting together across the state. Emily and Amy met when they began working together at a new charter school. As an instructional coach, Emily started working closely with Amy to design curriculum for the new school.
Tatum believes in project-based learning to support the integration of the arts. She enjoys using cooperative groups to facilitate student-centered learning. Amy loves building a strong classroom community. She also uses cooperative learning and heavily integrates language arts with social studies and science. Emily has a passion for coaching and teacher development. She thrives on using data to drive instruction and to increase student achievement. The Core Coaches are passionate about designing and implementing engaging lesson plans. We want to share our useful strategies and materials with other teachers. Our focus is literacy, and integrating close reading and writing strategies into social studies and science. The materials in our store have been used in our own classrooms, then revised and perfected for our customers.
It's an honor being a teacher.
All three Core Coaches have Master's Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction. Amy studied Teacher Leadership, Emily specialized in Reading Coaching, and Tatum focused on the Integration of the Arts.
Tatum stays busy with her husband and four teenagers. She likes to grow fruits and vegetables and go camping in the mountains. When her family gives her a break she usually takes a good long nap! Amy has two young girls. She enjoys watching her girls compete in dances, mountain biking, and being outdoors. She love binge watching Netflix and drinking coffee. Emily is newly married. She has a little girl, and just had a baby boy. Both have become the center of her Universe. She recently learned how to quilt and can’t live without her daily dose of cherry diet coke.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Science, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Drama, Geography, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Study Skills, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading