What is a Literacy Coach?

successI have taught English, World Cultures, and American History at Helena High School for 19 years. I am now the Literacy Coach and Building Learning Coordinator at Helena High to assist teachers and benefit student learning at all aspects of the learning process.

“Literacy coaches are trusted colleagues who share parts of the journey, traveling alongside teachers as they do the difficult and rewarding work of wrestling with the dilemmas that will always arise. Moreover, literacy coaches support teachers in developing strengths necessary, not only for addressing any current problem but also for preventing future problems and therefore achieving more success. Coaches do this when they work alongside teachers to pursue topics of interest” (8).

Toll, Cathy. The Literacy Coach’s Desk Reference. NCTE, 2006.