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TEam Member Spotlights

TEam Member Spotlight: Molly Beckmann

What is your role on the TEam?

I am an Instructional Coach. I coach 8 teachers at 3 different KIPP and YES Prep schools.

Where did you study? List all that apply.

I studied Psychology at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD and did an internship in Paris, France through a program called Internships in Francophone Europe.

Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?

I am passionate about education, because being responsible for educating a child well is one of the most powerful things you can do with your life. Helping teachers develop is very rewarding because being a wonderful teacher is an amazing feeling, and I want to help every new teacher get to that point.

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

For cold-calling, instead of pulling sticks out of a cup, I used a spinner. The kids were so much more excited than when I just used sticks. It became like a game to them, and every kid was on the edge of their seat waiting to see if they would be called on.

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

Coach, Warm, Go-to

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

First, be an amazing teacher. Your kids need you and being a great educator will make you a much better instructional leader. Second, seek out different opportunities that you may not even know are out there. I was lucky to have stumbled upon TE, and I love working with such a great group of people, I only wish I’d known about it sooner!

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

I love crafts (particularly knitting), cooking new recipes and spending time with friends and family.

Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?

I am pretty new to TE so I only have one TE shirt. It says “Pipeline Tribe” on the front, and it is my favorite because getting it really made me feel like part of the team.

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