Theresa Palmer joined the Institute for Excellence in Education as an Instructional Coach in 2012, bringing to her work a passion for sharing best practices around student engagement, data driven instruction and team building. Theresa wholeheartedly believes in the effectiveness of professional learning communities and truly enjoys sharing her wisdom and expertise to impact a teacher’s thinking. She understands the power and impact of education and wants students and educators, alike, to have the opportunity to learn, grow and reach their full potential.
Early in her career, Theresa focused her efforts around making a difference, firsthand, for students. She served as a classroom science, math and social studies teacher, in grades 4 through 8, first at John F. Long Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona from 2005 to 2007, followed by White Pine Middle School in Saginaw, Michigan from 2007 to 2011. In these roles she worked diligently to advance collaborative learning communities that infused technology to create interactive and engaging lessons.
A strong proponent of professional enrichment, Theresa sought to advance her knowledge and expertise throughout her tenure as an educator, with the ultimate goal of having a greater impact on students and sharing wisdom with colleagues through coaching opportunities. Early on her journey, from 2005 – 2007, Theresa enrolled in courses and obtained her provisional certificate in Structured English Immersion. From 2009 – 2011, she participated in Harvard’s Project Zero Cultures of Thinking series, learning a variety of methods around making time for thinking with her students, developing and using a language of thinking, making thinking visible and making the classroom environment rich with tools designed to highlight thinking processes. Beginning in 2008 to current, Theresa has also received training in Cognitive Coaching, Adaptive Schools and Advanced Adaptive Schools.
Theresa earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 2005 from Central Michigan University and her Master of Arts in Middle Level Education in 2014, also from Central Michigan University.