Joining the Institute for Excellence in Education as a Literacy and Instructional Coach Specialist in 2015, Kathryn Brown wholeheartedly believes that all children deserve access to a quality education — and to this end has dedicated her career to teaching, learning and coaching.
A strong proponent of early childhood education, Kathryn devoted her first 6 years as an educator to serving as a Kindergarten teacher. Notably, Kathryn brought much focus to creating an energetic learning environment that was considerate of individual student needs and diversity. She understood the inherent value in modeling, practicing and reinforcing social and behavioral skills that would have a positive impact on the long-term success of her students. Further, she recognized that maintaining positive communication between school and home, by encouraging parents to participate in their child’s education, was paramount to making a difference in the lives of these youngsters.
Recognizing that having a greater impact would require going beyond the classroom and influencing practitioners first-hand, Kathryn was motivated to share her expertise and became a Curriculum and Instructional Coach in 2014. In this role she was able to help guide colleagues toward understanding the importance of using data to drive instruction, while concurrently refining lessons and planning for more engaging learning environments and activities.
Having a steadfast commitment to lifelong learning and enrichment throughout her career, Kathryn sought opportunities to grow her skills and knowledge by understanding new methods designed to support teachers in reaching their professional best to ensure student success. In this quest, she has benefited from training in Cognitive Coaching, Sound Reading Framework, Adaptive Schools, Student Engagement, and Summative/Formative Assessment Training – to name a few. Recognized for her leadership early on her journey, Kathryn was tapped to serve as a mentor for teachers across grade levels and also served as a School Improvement Chair.
Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 2007 from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Masters in early Childhood Studies from Walden University.