About the Core Coaches

Tatum believes in project-based learning to support the integration of the arts. She enjoys using cooperative groups to facilitate student-centered learning. Tatum stays busy with her husband and four teenagers. She likes to grow fruits and vegetables and go camping in the mountains.  When her family gives her a break she usually takes a good long nap! Tatum just made a move to fourth grade after spending thirteen years in primary grades.  She has presented to teachers across the state of Utah and will be presenting at the National SDE Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas in July.
Amy loves building a strong classroom community. She also uses cooperative learning and heavily integrates language arts with social studies and science. Amy has two young girls. She enjoys running, mountain biking, and spending time by the pool. She loves binge watching Netflix and drinking coffee. Amy currently teaches first grade.  She has taught primary grades for five years. Last year, she presented at the National Expeditionary Learning Conference in Boston.  

Emily has a passion for coaching and teacher development. She thrives on using data to drive instruction and to increase student achievement. Emily is newly married.  She just had a baby girl, who has become the center of her Universe. She recently learned how to quilt and can’t live without her daily dose of cherry diet coke. Emily has been an educator for twelve years.  She is currently a curriculum director and instructional coach.  Prior to this, she was a reading specialist and classroom teacher in both primary and upper grades.  She has also presented to teachers across the State.

The Core Coaches came together quite randomly.  Emily and Tatum met on a writing team while designing teacher professional development courses for the State of Utah.  They soon became friends and began presenting together across the State.  Emily and Amy met when they began working together at a new charter school.  Emily is her instructional coach and the two of them started working closely together to design curriculum for the school.  

The Core Coaches are passionate about designing and implementing engaging lesson plans. They want to share their useful strategies and materials with other teachers. Our focus is integrating close reading and writing strategies into social studies and science. All materials in our store have been taught in our classrooms, then revised and perfected. All three Core Coaches have Master's Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction.  Amy studied Teacher Leadership. Emily specialized in Reading Coaching and Tatum focused on the Integration of the Arts.  

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