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who I am

My life has been one ongoing learning journey focused on education, starting from my childhood basement classroom to the present day. Now, as an independent consultant, I would love to help you enhance instructional experiences for your students and staff.

As a young child, I had a favorite saying, “Every day, the thing to do is learn a little something new.” In all the years since uttering that youthful sentiment, I find I still adhere to it as much now as I did then. But at my current level of maturity and experience, I’d revise my words to something even simpler, “Being an effective educator means continuous learning.” The exciting and boundless truth is that learning is academic and humanitarian, personal and public.

I started my career in education as a classroom teacher. I spent 18 years with 4th and 5th graders. Each day brought new learning and opportunities to reflect and grow as an educator. My passions included teaching readers and writers through a workshop approach, integrating technology, and collaborating with educators near and far. One of my greatest joys today is connecting with former students.

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Kathy Perret’s expertise in instructional coaching is invaluable to teachers and school leaders dedicated to improvement. She understands the coaching process deeply, and understands the social complexities of coaching relationships. Every time I have worked with Kathy, I’ve been impressed by her understanding of the ins and outs of instructional improvement, and I highly recommend her for your instructional coaching and leadership needs.

Justin Baeder, Director, The Principal Center, & creator of The Instructional Leadership Challenge

Working with Kathy has helped me to improve my professional practice. Kathy tailored each virtual coaching session to meet my needs and helped me work through various challenges I was facing at my school. She is extremely knowledgeable and provided me with valuable resources and tools to further my learning and help me continue to grow as an instructional coach.

Kristin K. – Instructional Coach

I have had the privilege to work with Kathy Perret while teaching at Irving Elementary. She was an instructional coach and assisted in my classroom in many ways. While I taught fourth grade, she coached me in using the Picture Inductive Word Model. She modeled lessons, talked me through assessments and helped review student work. Ms. Perret was an asset to my classroom and gave me a strong foundation in literacy practices. I have been able to use the strategies while teaching fourth grade and now teaching kindergarten. Because of her coaching my students received quality literature skills that will guide them throughout their educational careers.

Rebecca M. – Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher

As a coach, of coaches and teacher leaders, the perception is that you have all the answers and mastered all the content. However, I believe there is always room to grow, value in collaboration and the importance of reflection. Thankfully, I found Kathy, who helped me increase my coaching skillset. Our time together allowed me to process and reflect with someone who is 100% removed from my work environment, yet completely engaged in the work and focused on me as a client. Coaches often spend a majority of their time supporting others, Kathy reminded me of the value of personal professional investing, which in turn allows professionals to be more effective.

Mandi Van Dellen, Reno, NV

Virtual Coaching with Kathy Perret has helped me increase my focus and skills as an instructional coach. I was a new coach when I first started Virtual Coaching sessions, just beginning my second year. I was still uncertain of my role and my ability to connect with teachers and administration. Virtual Coaching has helped me discover my strengths, and to grow professionally. I have many resources for coaching cycles as well as organizational tools. Kathy helped me set small short-term goals for my coaching work. Every few weeks we would converse as I reflected on my progress and areas that I needed to address. I am much more confident now as an instructional coach and much more productive. I have gained knowledge in order to work with our administrators, fellow coaches and staff to meet the needs of our students.

Nancy Wright, Instructional Coach, Glenwood Community School District, Iowa

As a new instructional coach, Kathy’s guidance and support made such a difference! During our virtual meetings, Kathy would always follow up from our previous sessions and listen to new challenges or celebrations I shared. Her experience as a coach and knowledge base of different coaching techniques helped me to set my own goals and persevere through the sometimes murky waters of instructional coaching. I feel fortunate to have worked with Kathy during this transitional time in my educational career.

Erin Christie, Instructional Coach

I have always been a reader and a learner which has been very helpful since I stepped into the role as an Instructional Coach, four years ago. At the beginning of my fourth year, I began to feel like I needed to grow professionally and even though there was some district support and a lot of school level support–it wasn’t enough and I felt stuck. I realized that what I needed was a coach. What better way to model and lead than to practice the very thing you work hard for others to embrace? That’s when I began to work with Kathy, which has been an amazing experience. When I think of our virtual coaching sessions, I am amazed that I have never met her, in person, or that I have only known her for such a short time because it feels as if I have known her for years. Each session, is productive and Kathy provides such a precise attentiveness to me and the focus. (I think I actually started wearing two hats–the coached and a student because after each of the sessions, I would think about what I observed her doing or not doing and reflect on my own practice as a coach.) The professional-personal like relationship, her willingness to provide and be a resource is been something that I cannot imagine not having and look forward to. As coaches we spend a lot of time building relationships and giving that safe place–and as rewarding as it is, I think that any coach can identify that there is a degree of isolation and loneliness within the position–as we are often singletons within our building. My virtual coaching with Kathy has become my own safe place, to think through, plan, and grow so that I can better help support my teachers, administrators and most importantly my students.

Allison, Middle School Instructional Coach, Charleston, SC

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