Elaine’s experiences as an educator in secondary and post-secondary education gives her a diverse perspective on adolescent, as well as adult teaching and learning. During her time in the classroom, Elaine taught English in grades 9-12 and various teacher education courses as a university instructor. Serving as our Director of New Teacher Education, she leads our charge in creating innovative, collaboration-based, and impactful professional learning for teachers new to the profession. Previous experience as a coach for beginning lateral entry teachers has allowed her to segue into her new role as professional learning developer and instructional coach for teachers from a variety of years of experience. Elaine’s work with Constructive Learning Design has allowed her to work intently with Charlotte Mecklenberg County Schools’ CTE, lateral entry teachers, as well as develop material for teachers across our state-wide network.
After receiving her bachelors degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Elaine went on the pursue her Masters in English Education while teaching in Alamance and Guilford County Schools. Her strong teaching background and desire to continue her education led Elaine to pursue her doctorate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a focus on Teacher Education. The opportunity to begin her career as an instructional coach allowed Elaine to return to North Carolina to become an instructional coach at North Carolina New Schools and continue her education where it began at UNCG. Elaine’s research interests include exploring the correlation between teacher belonging to teacher attrition and retention patterns.