Region 1 Coaches serve teachers from the Canadian border in the North to just below Plummer in the South, and from the Washington border in the West to the Montana border in the East. We work with a variety of teachers from larger and smaller school districts in a variety of grade level and subject areas.
“Everyone Has a Story”: Lisa Nance, Region 1 Coach
by Annie McMahon
“What kind of job allows me to combine my three loves: learning, English and working with teenagers?” This is the question that Lisa Nance was asking her college self. Then it hit her: TEACHER! Having a career that combines three of her loves has been important and fulfilling for her. She has found a sense of adventure with the challenges that being a teacher brings.
Lisa is a very accepting person with the mantra of “Everyone has a story we doesn’t know about and that story affects their behaviors; so don’t take their behaviors personally.” Applying this mantra to her daily life, she has a penchant for working with students others may find challenging or difficult. She is flexible with her teaching strategies, to help these students find success within themselves, while holding them accountable to high learning expectations. Bringing these expectations and mantra to her coaching position makes Lisa a very open and approachable coach. She wants success for all participants and she will support them to ensure this occurs.
She has an adventurous spirit which has led her from Minnesota to Texas to Idaho. After settling down in Idaho, she has kept her adventurous spirit active by joining the Idaho Coaching Network in its infancy. She was a part of the first cohort and a returning teacher the following year. Her love of learning has kept her challenging herself to always improve her craft with the end result leading to her students being successful learners.
Lisa sees herself as shades of green. Cheery and bright, calm and collected when needed to be, and adventurous all the time. The welcoming personality and humor she brings to the Idaho Coaching Network will make all participates feel comfortable and at ease.
“Amplifying Teacher Voice” : Katie Graupman, Region 1 Coach
By Brandon Bolyard
Katie Graupman values the power of amplifying others’ voices. Whether as an accidental journalist during a short stint in Ketchikan, Alaska, or as a high school journalism teacher, Katie knows that when others’ voices are heard, there is the opportunity for celebration, growth, and empowerment.
Now, rather than writing stories about bear safety for the Ketchikan Daily News or developing student journalists, Katie uses her keen ability to empathize, to inquire, to nurture, and to support (all qualities the best journalists and teachers hold) to provide the best environment for teacher growth. As a Region 1 Idaho Core Coach, Katie continues to value one on one experiences, but now she can bear witness to teachers’ greatness. Just as she did for 15 years in the Lakeland School District when she helped facilitate the greatness within her students, Katie now gives teachers choice and freedom by providing them the tools for self reflection, deepening learning, and valuing themselves and others.
Katie is guided by three core principles: every teacher deserves a voice; every teacher is capable of growth; and every teacher deserves appreciation.
Through observations and conversations, she aims to help elevate and amplify teachers’ voices. She is quick to acknowledge that she isn’t an expert and instead works with teachers to celebrate their accomplishments and to help them identify their own needs and wants on their journeys as educators.
Authenticity is key in Katie’s interactions with teachers, colleagues, and students. With Katie, what you see is what you get, which is someone who values others, is quick to celebrate, and ensures that her actions match her beliefs. Ultimately, she aims to truly value each teacher’s unique experience in order to support him or her in whatever way the teacher needs.
Katie believes teachers need choice in what they’re doing, and she strives to offer opportunities for teachers to explore options and take risks as they work together to recognize strengths and name their practices.
In thinking of the future, Katie hopes to carry on the legacy that has already been established by previous Idaho Core Coaches and help teachers feel supported and be successful during the school year. As she has done for her entire professional career, Katie will continue to honor and amplify the voices of those she works with, and it is through this amplification that others will always have a platform to share their greatness, their talents, and their accomplishments.