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TEam Member Spotlights

TEam Member Spotlight: Elisa Gibbs

What is your role on the TEam?

Instructional Coach

Where did you study? List all that apply.

Washington and Lee University

Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?

EVERY child deserves the right to great education and that means having GREAT teachers. Teachers must receive support and guidance to develop in their first year in order to effective teachers.

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

Positive Framing/Positive Narration. This has been one of the most successful strategies I have ever used or seen used by a teacher. Narrating positive behavior has the incredible effect of encouraging all students to meet your behavior expectations AND it can completely change the culture of your class.

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

Fun, Rewarding, Goal-Oriented

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

Observe other classroom teachers and try new instructional strategies frequently in order to reflect on your own teaching and broaden the ways in which you instruct your students..

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

I enjoy reading, going out to dinner with friends in Houston, power walking, and visiting my family in Baton Rouge.

Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?

“Stay Humble, Stay Hungry, Teach them up!” I love this quote and I think it has an important message for anyone involved in education. No matter how long you have been in the field and whatever your role may be, there is always something more that you can learn to become more effective at what you do.


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