Meet our Coaches for 2016

“The coaching team is so important for any conference. We support the foundation that the presenters are building. We calm the frayed nerves. We allow participants to process at their own paces. We help them answer the question: “How do I . . . ?” We are the glue that helps them bind great strategies to personal application. I am so excited to work with some different coaches who come with ideas and approaches.” Teri Wiechart,  Coaching Coordinator
Wiechart Teri Wiechart “Coaching is the place for practitioners of TCI to find their own strengths.  It’s also a time and place for teachers at every level of their journey to get questions answered in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way and to walk away empowered to carry-on in their own classrooms.”
*Teri is also a Presenter and Coaching Coordinator
Bailey Justin Slocum Bailey “Coaching is a time for tinkering, trying, sharing, and daring— all among friends: everyone in the room is learning together, growing together, ascending together. A skilled coach creates a climate of safety, thrill, reflection, and camaraderie that brings out the best in teachers and observers, so they can bring out the best in their students and colleagues.”
* Justin is also a Presenter
Crosby Skip Crosby “For me the power of peer coaching is that it gives people an opportunity to observe practitioners of TCI in a non-threatening environment and give (and hear) feedback one the things the teacher did “right.”  This reinforces best practices and is most powerful. I have always felt that I benefited more from watching a peer coaching session than in actually teaching. I feel like there is nothing as effective in improving practice as observing others teach with CI.”
DiBianca Gary DiBianca “Coaching and mentoring are two ways in which I think we can all grow in our sometimes isolated profession as teachers. Asking others how to perhaps overcome an obstacle will get you one step closer to a solution and not tangled more into what could feel like a never-ending web.”
Ewing Anny Ewing “CI coaching mirrors CI teaching: it is clear (comprehensible), safe and kind (respecting affective filter), focused (so as not to overwhelm), and repeatedly emphasizes key skills (repetition!)”
Ferguson Kelly Ferguson “Coaching is a time to put into practice all the ideas and inspirations teachers have, work out any kinks in the process, or try out some new idea in a safe and supportive environment.  The role of the coach is to help teachers of all levels reflect on their own practice, while providing guidance or support as needed.”
Hill Carol Hill “Teaching is a process. Teaching with CI is a labor of love. I owe so much to so many people who helped me along the way. Coaching is just my effort to pay it forward by helping others and by helping others, I learn myself. Coaching is a very humbling experience and another labor of love.”
Hitz Cynthia Hitz “Coaching provides the unique opportunity for world language teachers to practice their skills in a supportive, positive setting with coaches and teachers working together towards the common goal of improving instruction and growing in confidence in providing comprehensible input for our students.”
Holzer Janet Holzer Coaching is the safe, supportive link between wanting to teach with TCI and doing it. Coaching has a safe, supportive atmosphere where teachers try out new skills, where coaches act as a safety net.  There is no way to fail while being coached. The joy that we feel when participants realize how skilled they actually are, and figure out what their next step is…that is what keeps me coming back.
Hughes Nelly Hughes “Coaching is where CI teachers get the opportunity to practice their skills in a safe, supportive, and friendly environment.”
Connie Connie Johnson “Coaching is a great way to support those of you ready to get your feet wet or fine tune.”
Michelle Kindt Michelle Kindt “Nothing motivates like success.  As a coach, I want attendees to succeed.  Everyone should have a personalized “improvement” experience!”
 Kirschling Paul Kirschling  “My role as a coach is to identify the strengths of the “player” and build on them. Those strengths are always on a spectrum, of course! I also see my role as a coach to help calibrate the player’s own perceptions about what he or she is doing.  Players might think they are horrible at something when they really just need a slight adjustment or the recognition that they are doing it well!”
Laine Cécile Lainé “I truly believe feed-back is a gift. Receiving, discussing, and reflecting on meaningful feed-back with a coach is the fastest and surest way to improve your CI skills and get a great confidence boost for when you go back to your own classroom.”
Laux Faith Laux “Coaching is your playground. It’s a place to get your hands dirty, try new things, make mistakes and get stronger. This kind of professional development gives you the chance to practice and integrate new skills more confidently in the classroom.” 
Cindy Leathers Cynthia Leathers “Teachers COACHing Teachers! This has been the motto of the COACH Foreign Language Project for 30 years, and now we are embracing the power of coaching one another to improve TCI instruction. I have witnessed the long-lasting impact of peer coaching with veterans and student teachers alike.”
Mallaney Mark Mallaney “I believe that we all have great potential, and that all of the elements of fantastic teaching already exist within us.  As a coach, I work to help teachers discover and refine their own unique way of using TCI.  My goal is to help teachers leverage their own personalities and inborn gifts to create compelling input that is genuine and engaging.”
McCarthy Lark McCarthy “Peer coaching can be as individual and unique as the people who are engaged in the activity.  Mastering the techniques of TPRS in a safe environment can increase student language acquisition and build teacher confidence.”
Lori McLaughlin Lori Belinsky McLaughlin “Teaching with CI and TPRS is a journey which takes work for continual growth. Coaching, I believe, can be part of the equation to help teachers sustain a switch to teaching with CI or help grow confidence for those just exiting teacher preparation programs. TCI and TPRS are skilled based teaching methods which we need to practice. Coaching allows for this practice and provides reassurance and strategies to teachers.  Small group interaction and support, which is provided in coaching, helps create an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie. Everyone wants to see everyone succeed! What a wonderful movement to be a part of!”
Neubauer Diane Neubauer “Coaching helps to smooth the path for those who are new to Teaching with CI, therefore increasing their confidence and joy when back in their classrooms. As I have been helped by other teachers through coaching, I am happy for the opportunity to pass it on.”
Pippins Darcy Pippins “My absolute favorite thing about being a language teacher is collaborating and networking with my colleagues. There are so many different ways to do what we do! Coaching gives me the opportunity to expand my network and help others improve their practice while simultaneously improving mine.”
Bernard Rizzotto Bernard Rizzotto “We are all different and we all have unique strength. I believe that my role as a coach is to help liberate the hidden potential in each of us, to guide and to reveal excellence.”
Swaney Clarice Swaney “Coaching is where we work together to encourage the growth of our skills; gaining confidence in them by practicing in a safe, supportive environment.  Together we grow.”“Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says I’m possible.”-Audrey Hepburn
Tarini Carla Tarini “I come to coaching with the mindset that all of us learn from each other and that good and great teachers are sculpted over time through practice, observation and reflection.  And more practice. And more practice. And more practice.  Coaching at iFLT is a way for me to ‘pay it forward’ in gratitude for all nurturing coaches I had, and will continue to have, on my journey to keep growing as a teacher.”
Toda Keith Toda “Coaching is not a top-down implementation but rather a partnership relationship. Both parties come to the table with much to gain and to learn from each other; it is because of this partnership relationship that everyone succeeds. Coaching allows for a personal one-to-one or group interaction and encouragement which cannot be achieved in a presentation. “
Jim Tripp Jim Tripp “I look forward to seeing the strengths that each teacher brings to the coaching room, and working out the weaknesses in a safe and encouraging way. Ultimately, I believe much of the success in this work lies in the non-verbal elements of how we interact with and engage other human beings.”
Walker Louisa Walker “I have learned so much from veteran users of TCI strategies/methods and I am excited to be able to learn how to coach others. Teaching with CI has changed my teaching life for the better and I look forward to helping others do the same.” 
Michele Whaley “Coaching allows me to see the best in other teachers and learn from them while supporting and encouraging them to build on their strengths.” 
Dustin Williamson Dustin Williamson “Coaching is a great way for TCI teachers to improve in a non-subjective atmosphere.  We are all there in support of one another to advance in our comprehensible input journey.  Teachers can use the strengthened skills, new pointers, and gained enthusiasm in their own classrooms.”
Wopat Amy Wopat “Coaching is for anyone, not only beginners! It provides a safe environment during which teachers can “try on” various skills as well as experience the power of reflection through peer observations.  It is simultaneously inspiring and nurturing for teachers at any level of experience.” 
Yilmaz Sule Yilmaz “I have been teaching English as a Foreign Language for 25 years at different levels. I could have been considered as an experienced teacher when I was a novice TCI teacher in an IFLT conference two years ago. I was coached over and over again. That was the time I realized how inexperienced I was. Coaching was my safe haven throughout my TCI journey; nobody judged me, there were no bossy trainers around. I loved that. I learned a lot.  I have been coaching since then. I now know that coaching is caring, sharing and being there for the teacher. Building trust and exchanging feelings and experiences makes the journey takes you to the right spot. You are not alone.”