Instructional Coach & Literacy Specialist, Institute for Excellence in Education
Having a passion for teaching and leadership, Stephanie Hayward believes all students deserve a solid foundation in education and the tools and support to reach their full potential. To that end, recognizing that educators are the key, Stephanie devotes herself to coaching and supporting teachers to impact student success in mathematics, language arts and early literacy.
An Instructional Coach for the Institute for Excellence in Education since 2016, Stephanie has been working with teachers across Michigan through the Supporting Effective Educational Development grant to advance teaching and learning in mathematics and reading. Stephanie is a recognized expert resource for coaching teachers utilizing the Focused Instructional Model (FIM), with a noteworthy achievement having developed FIM’s early literacy component. Stephanie shares her wisdom and expertise with a diverse range of schools and districts across the state, including Bay City Public Schools, St. Charles Community Schools, Springport Public Schools, Manton Consolidated Schools, Reese Public Schools, Delton Kellogg School District and Marshall Public Schools.
Along the path, Stephanie has been invited to share knowledge and best practices with others through numerous professional development opportunities, including MSTEP and NWEA data workshops, FIM English Language Arts and Early Literacy programs, Academic Language Development and Formative Data workshops – to name a few.
Excited about making a difference firsthand, Stephanie devoted nine years to Reese Elementary, where she served as a first grade and Title I teacher. Believing in the power of technology, Stephanie designed and delivered lesson plans to meet the needs of diverse students by integrating tools such as iPads, interactive whiteboards and web-based applications into her instructional approach. Such an approach proved highly effective as student engagement reached new heights and generated a cutting edge classroom environment.
Stephanie earned her Master of Educational Leadership Degree in 2011 and Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree in 2007 from Saginaw Valley State University, respectively. She is certified as a K-12 School Administrator and as a pre-K-8 teacher.