Annie Wright School, Tacoma, WA

Annie Wright School, Tacoma, WA

2015-16 NWAIS Fellowship for Collaborative Innovation:
Instructional Coaches

Kristin Daniel
Global Online Academy, Seattle, WA
Kristin has been an educator for over 15 years first as a special education teacher in charter and independent schools in Washington, D.C. While finishing her Doctorate in teacher education, she directed the secondary special education program at George Washington University and later worked as an Instructional Coach with the University of Kansas. She moved to Seattle three years ago and worked as the Learning Specialist at the Overlake School. Now she serves as an Instructional Designer for Global Online Academy working both as an instructional coach and online professional developer for independent schools all over the world.

Jessica Hanson
The Overlake School, Redmond, WA
Jessica began her teaching career over 20 years ago as a high school science instructor. Since that time she has helped found a school, served as a middle school head, and worked as an academic dean. She is now The Overlake School’s inaugural instructional coach, helping individual teachers and departments improve instruction, assessment and curricular coherence, always with the goal of improving student outcomes by helping educators remain learners themselves.

Michelle Harrison
The Evergreen School, Shoreline, WA
Michelle is currently a 5th grade teacher (advisory, language arts & social studies) and instructional coach at The Evergreen School. She has been teaching for 21 years with experience teaching math, science, social studies, language arts, and PE in grades 4-8. She has been a swimming, cross country coach and is currently an elementary school ultimate Frisbee coach. This is her third year as an instructional coach at Evergreen where she supports novice and experienced teachers to improve their craft.

Alice Hauschka
The Little School, Bellevue, WA
Alice has enjoyed twenty years as an educator in both independent and public schools--eighteen of them teaching in the classroom, and the past two years serving as the Teaching and Learning Coordinator at The Little School.  In this role she leads professional development around curriculum and teaching, supports adult learning and professional dialogue, and serves as a mentor and source of individual support and observational feedback for teachers. At the heart of her work is nurturing and challenging the adult learning community at the school as they work on some big initiatives around curricular continuity, assessment and pedagogical practice.  She holds an M.Ed from the University of Washington (2003), a Pre K-8th grade teaching certificate from Pacific Oaks College (1995), and a B.A. in Philosophy from Oberlin College (1991).  She is the mother of two teenage boys, and lives with in Seattle.

Regan Wensnahan
Giddens School, Seattle, WA
Regan has been the instructional coach at Giddens Elementary School for 5 years where she supports grade band team and individual teacher growth through embedded ongoing professional development. Over the years she has taught preschool through fifth grade students in a variety of kinds of elementary schools including gifted, parent cooperative and independent. As well as being an adjunct professor at Antioch University teaching Early Literacy to pre-service teachers, she also serves on the board of Seattle Reading Council and has done a number of presentations on literacy topics for them.