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Innovation and Learning Coaches

Purpose of Coaching

Liberty Public Schools utilizes a research-based, student-centered coaching model (Sweeney, 2013, 2010) to support teachers in designing learning experiences that are targeted, differentiated, and aligned with Missouri Learning Standards and Expectations to maximize student achievement.

Student Centered Coaching

Together, coaches and teachers:

  • Set a standards-based goal for student learning.

  • Create a set of learning targets that are based on the standard(s).

  • Utilize student evidence to plan differentiated instruction.

  • Co-teach using effective teaching practices.

  • Document student and teaching learning across a coaching cycle.

  • Schedule coaching based on learning cycles.

  • Work in partnership with the school leadership.

Coaching Practice

Liberty Public Schools’ innovation and learning coaches operate on the foundation that student learning is the guiding focus. Innovation and Learning coaches offer continual and relevant support through sound partnering practices. These practices include, but are not limited to, conversations, observations, co-teaching, reflections, and collaborative planning. A trusting relationship between coach and teacher is paramount to ensure teachers are empowered to guide their instruction based on student needs.

Coaching Audience

Because coaching is student focused and students have different needs, our coaching staff has diverse experiences in supporting students in their K-12 journeys. Partnering with a coach is a practice we encourage all teachers to explore. This collaborative experience is about building a teacher’s pedagogical prowess and is worthwhile whether teachers are in their first year of teaching, last year of teaching, or anywhere in between.


Specifically, our coaching team includes new teacher coaching to support our first and second year teachers in creating a classroom experience that is engaging and student-centered. Our Innovation & Learning Coaches support the critical foundational skills developed during the elementary grades, infusing both traditional and digital teaching strategies to meet the needs of our 21st Century learners through partnerships with teachers to improve student achievement.

Coaching Protocol

Innovation & Learning coaches partner with teachers through a diverse and flexible schedule to support teachers and/or administrators through the school improvement goals designed to enhance student performance. All coaches will make their weekly schedules accessible for teachers and staff in the buildings they serve.

Coaching Placement

All coaches are assigned buildings. Coaching occurs both formally and informally, and most frequently in classrooms with teachers and students. Group collaboration occurs during data team meetings, faculty meetings, and professional development sessions. Digital interaction occurs via online communities, video, e-mail, and various online platforms.

Meet the Coaches

Jamie Ackart

Lewis and Clark  

Manor Hill

816.736.5300

ext. 2886

@MrsAckart

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Ashley Duvall

Ridgeview

Warren Hills

816.736.5300

ext. 2726

@aeduvall

Website

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Carrie Gabriel

Discovery Middle

South Valley Middle

816.736.5300 

ext. 2145

@CarrieGabriel2

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Lisa Gray

Franklin

Lillian Schumacher 

816.736.5300

ext. 2381

@LisaBumbackGray

Website

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Tara Harvey

Liberty North HS

816.736.5518

@taraharveyLN

Website

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Scott Heeke

Heritage Middle

Liberty Middle

816.736.5673

@scottheeke

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Matthew Krohne

Alexander Doniphan

Liberty Oaks

816.736.5300 ext. 2501

@matthewkrohne

Website

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Tracey Kracht

Liberty High School

816.736.5672

@TraceyKracht

Website

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Brandon Lewis

Kellybrook

Shoal Creek

816.736.5300

ext. 2350

@BrandonWLewis