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Mindy Orris: Serving Maquoketa, Andrew, Central DeWitt, and Camanche

What is your teaching background? 
I started teaching at Burlington High School in 2002. I taught Social Studies classes and coached Sophomore Basketball. My job was cut to the budget that year, so I then got a job at Central Middle School where I taught 8th grade American History and coached Varsity Girls Golf, middle school basketball and volleyball, and volunteered with the Boys Basketball Team. I got married in 2005 and bought a house in Maquoketa, so in 2007 I decided to stop traveling and got a job at Maquoketa High School. At Maquoketa, I have taught American History 11th Grade and 10th Grade, Global Cultures, Psychology, Sociology, Current Events, and  8th grade American History. For 6 years, I was the "Utility Player" traveling between buildings teaching whatever social studies needed to be taught for the year. I got my Masters Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2008 in Educational Leadership.

What attracted you to the position of Induction Coach?
My dream job was always to teach college students how to be a successful teacher. When this position became available, I really felt like this new career-path would be a great step to use the knowledge from my masters degree with my classroom experience to help new teachers be successful in their classrooms. 

What has been your greatest reward as an Induction Coach? 
This job is truly a blessing for me. I get to work with new teachers to help them strategically lesson plan for best results in their classrooms.

I get to help my new teachers research new ways to meet the various learning styles in their classrooms while incorporating research-based teaching strategies. I get to help my teachers analyze evidence of their students learning to show their students growth and find gaps in knowledge. I get to help my teachers think about and plan for the problems that may come up in the lessons, so if the problem arises, the teacher can be solution focused. I get to go into elementary classrooms, middle school classrooms, and high school classrooms and watch my teacher show ME new teaching strategies and ideas for engagement. I truly think this position has made me a better educator and I am now more aware of what is best for students to be successful. 


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Carla Wall: Serving Maquoketa, Central DeWitt, Easton Valley and Delwood 

What is your teaching background? 
I have been teaching for 22 years. I started as a preschool teacher at St. Ambrose University's Children's Campus and then received my first grade position at Central DeWitt Community Schools. I was a classroom teacher in first grade for 19 years.

What attracted you to the position of Induction Coach?
I applied for the position of Induction Coach because I was interested in pushing myself in my practice in a leadership position. I had been a mentor for new teachers numerous times in the past and had enjoyed that role. I was attracted to the position in that it was taking what I had known of traditional mentoring systems and really amped up the support that new teachers would receive. I also was impressed with the training and support that goes along with the position.

What has been your greatest reward as an Induction Coach? 
The greatest reward for me in this position is watching teacher's grow in their practice. It is amazing to reflect over the work the teacher's engage in with me and hear them say how excited and proud of themselves they are in the growth they are making in their profession. It is also so rewarding to see teachers grow more comfortable in their profession and become leaders in some capacity within their buildings as well.


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Stefanie Latimer: Serving Columbus, Central DeWitt and Camanche

What is your teaching background? 
This is my 12th year in education. Before becoming an Induction Coach, I taught a year of Title I Reading/Reading Fluency, 2 years of 3rd grade, and 7 years of 2nd grade.

What attracted you to the position of Induction Coach?
I have been fortunate to have several wonderful role models, in leadership positions, who helped me become the teacher am I today. When the opportunity presented itself to become an Induction Coach, I knew this would be an outlet for me to use the knowledge and skills I've gained over my career to support new teachers the way I have been supported through my own career. 

What has been your greatest reward as an Induction Coach? 
It is thrilling to see teachers grapple with a challenge and by the end of our conversation, they have the answers they need to move forward- and they did it through us reflecting on their practices! Even more rewarding is seeing teachers learning from past experiences, which helps them tackle future challenges.

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