Joining the Institute for Excellence in Education as an Instructional Coach in 2015, Kendra Adams brings a passion for helping students and teachers alike in navigating those middle grade years. Driven by a strong desire to impact student learning on a deeper level, Kendra’s approach to teaching, learning and coaching is one that actively promotes sustainable outcomes.
A believer that all children can learn with the right coaching and instruction, Kendra places tremendous value on Marzano’s philosophy and has expanded her knowledge and expertise through participating in numerous Marzano workshops – from Becoming a Reflective Teacher to Creating a Highly Engaged Classroom to the Art and Science of Teaching. Coupled with her Adaptive Schools and Cognitive Coaching training, Kendra’s methods of improving student learning and teacher efficacy have proven highly successful.
Kendra devoted her first 15 years in the field as an educator to serving as middle school teacher, planning and implementing math and language arts lessons for students in grades 6 – 8, primarily for Charlotte Public Schools. Notably, Kendra brought much focus to creating energetic learning environments that were considerate of individual student needs, yet collaborative with other teachers and administrators to achieving school wide goals. Kendra remained steadfast in her objective along the way – taking instruction to the next level and revitalizing school improvement.
Recognizing that having a greater impact would require going beyond the classroom and influencing practitioners first-hand, Kendra demonstrated tremendous leadership through service as a mentor teacher, mathematics department chair, and school improvement team member. Kendra was further motivated to share her expertise and became an Instructional Coach. In this role, she is able to help guide colleagues toward understanding the importance of collaboration and planning engaging instructional strategies for more effective learning environments.
Kendra earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 2000 from Central Michigan University and Master of Arts in Middle Level Education in 2008, also from Central Michigan University.