We believe that care and education settings should be human places
that are fun and support the growth of children and adults alike.
Our goal is to transform professional development for educators
to make life better for children.
Our Founder and CEO
Like all teachers, I was required to take part in a lot of professional development experiences. Some were exciting, some were excruciating, but most of them had no impact on my practice.
Instructional coaching is vital for improving both teaching and child outcomes, but many instructional coaching programs just don’t live up to their promises. We equip coaches to make a positive impact on teaching and learning.
I started Gerety Education Team and the Coach PD Project to provide everything that coaches need to be effective, no matter their context or experience level. My goal is to help every coach stop struggling, searching, or stagnating, and start transforming classrooms.
Our Master Coaches
When I first began to coach I would often think – “Just give me the kids back so I can do it!” Then I realized when a teacher gains a new skill, the entire class receives the benefit. Multiply that by all her future classes, and the power of coaching is clear.
I seek to learn with my coachees. I enter the collaborative partnership curious and stay that way, reflecting throughout the process.
After a year of intense coaching, it's such a victory to come back the following year and realize that a coachee doesn't need me anymore because she absorbed the strategies and is using them fluently with a whole new group.
Ke'Shon Mack Brown
Aside from 19 years in the field, two early childhood programs I started from the ground up and 10 years mentoring and coaching others, I use all of my experiences to advocate for equity and change more effectively.
I approach this work with my heart and use my experience and training to help coaches stay focused on what's best for children.
I remember coaching an exceptional teacher. I wasn't sure what I could support her with and I'm sure she didn't think she needed to learn anything. But through coaching, this teacher learned she was capable of even more and is now coaching others at her site. Never underestimate the power of coaching!
As someone who has taken lots of detours and different roles throughout my career, my experiences as an early childhood provider and mental health provider have shaped me into the coach I am today.
I value being comfortable sitting with coachees in the messy, the unknown, and the frustrating - as well as the successful moments!
One of my favorite things about coaching is when a coachee moves from understanding why something is a “best practice” or a good idea on a theoretical level to actually implementing it and seeing a shift in children’s understanding or behavior, or in a teacher’s practices.
I have faced many challenges as a coach, from implementing a new coaching model, to getting buy-in for coaching, to partnering with resistant teachers. This makes me well-prepared to help our members face their challenges and enhance their practice.
I bring active listening, real-world application and a generous sprinkling of humor to this work.
I intentionally model compassion and empathy in all I do. I am committed to bringing out the hidden strengths and skills of our member coaches and helping them use those skills so that children, families and educators thrive.
Our Support Heroes
I am a licensed K-12 teacher and also have a background in nonprofit management and communications, so this truly feels like a merging of my experience, background and passions.
It is a joy to get to work with our team and our members - I love helping others do their best work!
There is a lot of weight in education, with needing to stay current and researched, connected and empathetic, flexible and reliable - the list goes on! I love hearing about how practical and and relevant the Coach PD Project is for our members, and how we've been able to make learning personal and meaningful.
When I saw Gerety Education Team's mission I knew it was the perfect place to use my ability to foster intentional connections and authentic relationships.
My favorite part about doing this work is the opportunity to see real changes happen that will positively affect the lives of children.
I feel like I make a difference for educators whenever I get to help someone! I believe every encounter is equally important, and being able to serve and support those that have a direct impact on children's lives is such a gift.
Our Commitment to Equity
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