Elementary Instructional Coaches

Elementary Instructional Coaches

What is an Instructional Coach?
An instructional coach is someone whose chief professional responsibility is to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. In Lakeland, we focus on one-on-one support for teachers with the goals of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity in schools.

Coaching is one-on-one professional development.
At its core, instructional coaching involves two people: the classroom teacher and the coach. Coaches work one-on-one and in small groups with teachers, providing guidance, training, and other resources as needed. Together, they focus on practical strategies for engaging students and improving their learning. Coaches also are often responsible for providing or arranging professional development activities for all teachers in a school or district.

Coaching is high-quality professional development.
Instructional coaching reflects the growing consensus about what constitutes high-quality professional development for teachers. It is job-embedded, addressing issues teachers face daily in their classrooms. It is ongoing, not a one-shot workshop. It is aligned to state standards, curriculum, and assessment. And its goal is twofold: improved instructional practice and improved student learning.

Who are the coaches?
Coaches are experienced, highly accomplished, and well-respected educators. Coaches must have credibility with teachers and administrators, the ability to juggle several roles, and the skills needed to work one-on-one with teachers as well as to oversee a wider professional development effort in the school.

School and Phone

Benjamin Franklin  
Elaine Alden - Math
Jessica Guerra - ELA

George Washington
Lisa Barlow - Math
Deana Polichetti - ELA


Lincoln-Titus
Jennifer Crivelli - Math
Chris Urso - ELA


Thomas Jefferson
Kimberly Lamoureux - Math
Jodi DeLeo-ELA
Jacqueline Catania - Math

Van Cortlandtville 
Kristin Doyle - ELA
Alisha Wolf - Special Education