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TEam Member Spotlights

TEam Member Spotlight: Stephen Perrault

What is your role on the TEam?

Professional Learning Specialist and Instructional Coach for Teaching Excellence at YES Prep and KIPP Houston.

Where did you study? List all that apply.

B.A.: Spring Hill College

M.A.: LSU

PhD: Curry School of Education, University of Virginia (ABD)

J.D.: LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?

Great teaching changes lives; however, to transform education in Houston and America, we have to transform how we train teachers. Traditional models of teacher preparation and professional development do not generate the kind of systematic change our students require to be college ready. Consequently, it’s incredibly exciting to see the level of teacher growth that takes place when professional development is coupled with an on-going coaching relationship for every novice teacher. It’s been my privilege to develop coaching relationships with novice teachers as they grow into reflective practitioners who are able to consistently deliver high impact lessons. Observing the impact our novice teachers have on their students energizes and humbles me.

Describe a successful teaching strategy that you used in the classroom or that you frequently recommend to your teachers.

I’m a believer in the power of narrative. Our students often require context to assimilate new concepts. Stories are a natural medium for engaging listeners in the process of retaining knowledge and creating understanding.

If you had to describe your work on the TEam in three words, what would they be?

Observe, reflect, listen

What advice would you have for an educator that aspires to become an instructional leader?

Push yourself as an instructor. Try techniques and strategies that force you outside of your comfort zone. In addition, volunteer to co-facilitate professional learning on your campus or at other campuses within your district. Write and present a session at a conference. Gain as much experience and confidence teaching adults as you possibly can. It’s an important part of being an effective instructional coach.

When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?

I enjoy spending time with my daughters, watching movies, and reading.

Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?

I’m partial to the latest TE-shirt. I love the lines, “Stay Humble. Stay Hungry. Teach ’em up!”

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