Peer coaching is at the heart of COETAIL.Coaches are educators who have completed the COETAIL program.
MEET YOUR COACHES
Wendy Markert is an international educator who has just repatriated and returned to the US. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Systems Engineering, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Mathematics), an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (specializing in ESL), and has just started her Ph.D. program in School Technology Leadership. She has been teaching math for over 17 years in the US, Germany, and Malaysia, at all levels from Grade 6 through university. She has been flipping her mathematics classes for four years and has now partnered with UT-Austin’s OnRamps program to bring a flipped dual-enrollment Statistics course to her current school. She is a COETAIL graduate and is excited to join the team of COETAIL Coaches.
Kristi Lonheim is an international educator who wants to see technology used to enhance the learning environment without necessarily prescribing what that looks like to a class, collectively. She prefers to allow learners (both children and adults) to find ways that work for them collaborating as they discover. Piloting 1:1 programs on both iPads and laptops in middle school and elementary has given her a vast range of experience. Technology is a tool and she sees her job as an educator to equip her students with the ability to use the right tool for the task at hand. Sometimes that tool is still a pencil. Kristi’s thoughts, on a wide range of topics, can be found at I’m Writing Too and in 140 characters or less from @lonheim.
Pana is a true-blue third-culture kid. Thai-Chinese, American-born, she has studied, lived and worked on three continents in eight different cities. Pana currently works as the KA-2 Technology Integration Specialist at Taipei American School. Prior to this she taught in early childhood classrooms for seven years. As a COETAIL graduate with her heart still in early childhood, Pana is passionate about finding ways for our youngest learners to be creators, innovators, and to enhance their learning both with and without technology.
Pana shares her own insights on her blog, Ms. Pana Says, and is the founder of an educational hashtag chat on Twitter, #KChatAP (Kindergarten Chat Asia Pacific). She is the creator of the Traveling Teddy Project, and you can follow the bears as they travel around the world at #GlobalEdTed. Pana is an Apple Distinguished Educator, holds a B.A. in Psychology, and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is currently working on her second master’s in Computing in Education. Pana tweets from @PanaAsavavatana.
Nicki has been an International teacher for 10 years working in Italy, West Africa and Singapore, leaving the cold and wet of England where she worked for 14 years teaching and leading 3 departments. She is a teacher of Visual Art and Head of Grade 7 at UWCSEA Singapore and has presented at Learning 2 Asia, the Apple ADE Institute 2015 and runs workshops to individuals and schools on Visual Notetaking. She is an advocate of amalgamating Technology and Art authentically in the classroom and passionate about visual and visible thinking. She is a graduate of the COETAIL online2 cohort and you can read her blog on embedding technology into the classroom at https://coetail.com/itsallaboutart/ and view her visual notes on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjHr4WAu
She is currently working on embedding gamification within the curriculum and developing an integrated approach to wellbeing and positive education with Middle School students. She is a self confessed chocoholic, mother of 2 mad boys, 2 even madder cats and a married to a football fanatical husband. You can connect to Nicki on Twitter @itsallaboutart
Jason Graham is an international educator with over 17 years experience. He is currently the Learning Technologies Coordinator at an international school in Indonesia. Jason is an IBPYP Workshop Leader and an IB Online Lead Facilitator and has a keen interest in connecting and collaborating with educators from around the globe. Jason enjoys presenting at conferences and learning from others whenever he can. He is in his second year of a Doctor of Education programme at an Australian University.
Furthermore, Jason is the moderator two twitter chats, #pypchat mainly for PYP educators and also #satchatoc, a twitter chat for educational leaders. He also enjoys using technology to enhance student learning and is now dabbling in Design Thinking. Jason’s work can be found in many online spaces. He blogs at The Learning Journey and tweets from @jasongraham99.
Passionate about innovation in education, Tara is committed to increasing meaning and relevance in schools. Tara began her teaching career in Phoenix, Arizona before moving into international education. Currently in Saudi Arabia, she previously taught for five years in Taiwan, ten years in Kuwait and spent her childhood in Sweden. Tara has served in numerous roles including assistant superintendent for learning, high school principal, assistant principal, professional development coordinator, ESL coordinator and a teacher of special education, ESL and secondary English. She holds an MA in Educational Leadership, an MFA in Poetry, and a graduate certificate in educational technology. Her research interests include building collaborative cultures, digital literacy, mission-driven schooling and systems development. Currently, she volunteers for ISTE as the Chair Elect of the Digital Storytelling Network, COETAIL as a learning coach, and NESA as a member of the Professional Development Advisory Committee. Through her blog consider another truth, she explores the gray matter of education.
Liz Cho is a bilingual Korean-American from DC, the youngest of four, and an educator since 2004 and is currently the Director of Curriculum at Gyeonggi Suwon International School. Before that, she was a high school English teacher for 12 years and a leader in various positions, passionate about inspiring students and teachers to care, empower, and engage meaningfully with the world around them. She is an avid believer in the importance of genuine reflection for growth and is fully dedicated to breaking the misconception that “reflection is boring”. Taking the COETAIL course has empowered her to become confident with technology integration in her lessons and presentations. With the constant support of her colleagues and students, Liz finds success in learning alongside them. She also loves to silk, hoop and kickbox whenever she finds the time.
BE A COACH
Thank you for your interest in the COETAIL coaching program.This program is envisioned of being a volunteer position where COETAIL graduates would have the opportunity to mentor active COETAIL members who are going through the program.
- Currently enrolled in the COETAIL program and recommendation from your instructor
- OR Graduate of the COETAIL program and instructor’s approval
- Consider the course workload of the coach so that they are not overwhelmed
- Resume builder: Be able to put online coaching experience on your resume
- Continue to learn, share, and reflect on your own practice
- Give back to the COETAIL community
- Increase your “branding” (we know we don’t like to call it that…but that’s what it is and it’s not a bad thing!)
- Collaborate with other COETAIL Coaches
- Expand your PLN
- Invited to join the COETAILcast hangout
- Contribute monthly to a COETAIL Coaches’ blog (1 blog post a month)
- Communicate with COETAILers who need help or seek you out for advice
- Be active in the COETAIL social-networks (Twitter, Google+, Facebook, etc.)
- Take part in COETAILcast Google Hangouts
- Hold monthly Google Hangouts for your time zones/region
- Coaches’ names will appear on the Coaches’ blog with the time zones of the participants they support
Follow the link and apply as a COETAIL Coach. Once you complete the form the Managing Director and your Instructor will have a conversation based on the material you provided, your blog posts and overall skill level and understanding of the COETAIL program. We will then email you at the email address provided to us within the COETAIL system to let you know if you have been accepted or denied into the program.