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Συνοδία (sunodia) is an ancient Greek word that describes a journey that one takes with companions.  My goal in working with educators is to foster growth and innovation in the areas of instructional practice and curriculum development by offering meaningful learning opportunities and sustained support during implementation.

 

About Me

A passion for supporting teachers as they grow

I am a veteran educator with over fifteen years of experience in both teaching and teacher leadership in K-12 schools.  I am committed to partnering with schools to support teachers in their professional growth. I believe that professional growth opportunities must be individualized and tailored to meet a school’s needs. To this end, I value working with school’s to provide meaningful learning opportunities for teachers and sustained support throughout the implementation process.

In my own teaching, my goal has always been to plan and deliver rigorous and engaging lessons. I have been able to lean on my strong foundations in backward curricular planning, differentiation, and cooperative learning to ensure that my curriculum and instruction are effective.

I am a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching awardee and spent the first 6 months of 2016 in the Netherlands conducting a research project. This award offered me the opportunity to think about professional growth in news ways.

I founded Sunodia Educational Consulting to share my passion for teaching with my fellow educators by providing creative, tailored, and patient professional development services.  I earned my teaching credential from Santa Clara University, my master’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and my bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Services Offered

I value opportunities to work collaboratively with school leadership to address the specific needs of the community.

 

Instructional Coaching

Strategic planning and support of new coaching programs. Additionally, individualized mentoring of teachers through a coaching cycle of reflection, goal setting, learning, and implementation.  Coaching can be done in-person or virtually.

Curricular Planning

Guide teachers in the development of curricular units using the backward design process.  Meet with groups of teachers at the team or department level to facilitate the curriculum writing process.

Technology Integration

Classroom centered technology training delivered in context to increase teachers confidence with and creative integration of technology.

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Testimonials

We have worked with Lynne over multiple years and I cannot recommend her enough.  An excellent instructional coach, Lynne creates rapport quickly and is skilled at supporting teachers at identifying their areas for growth. She asks insightful questions that empower teachers to dive into their practice.  Lynne also has real expertise in curricular design.  She can help teachers develop compelling essential questions, meaningful enduring understandings, and assessments aligned to the learning outcomes. Lynne delivers high quality professional development specifically designed to the individual needs of teachers.

Robyn Chapel, Director of Teaching and Learning The American School in London

Lynne’s method of instructional coaching is to guide the teacher through self-observation and reflection in order to identify areas for improvement.  Throughout the process Lynne created a safe, comfortable and supportive environment.  Working through the observation and reflection with Lynne as my coach translated into immediate, practical changes that enhanced my performance in the classroom, and subsequently improved student learning.  This was one of the most useful professional development experiences I have had in recent years and the results exceeded my expectations.  Lynne is a knowledgeable, skillful coach and I highly recommend Lynne for her expertise in this practice and her thoughtfulness throughout the process.

 

Nina DeSimone, The American School London

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