Hello, my name is Kristi Druvenga and I am a 3rd year instructional coach. I LOVE my job! I am passionate about instruction and research based strategies for 21st century learners. My goal for this blog is to provide resources, strategies, day to day classroom happenings and reflections on my experiences as an instructional coach. When I’m not blogging I enjoy spending time with my boys.
My name is Krist Druvenga and I am a 3rd year K-12 Instructional Coach. I grew up on a farm with 7 siblings, including a twin brother in a very rural section of our state. I am the mother of two boys. Dane is a first grader and Trey is a fifth grader. I have been married to my AMAZING husband Travis for 14 years. He is an assistant principal and athletic director for our school district. I am adventurous, I love to snowboard, travel and am a self-professed tech nerd! I enjoy a challenge and believe that every day is a day to learn something new. I am a life-long learner and hope to teach my children to do the same. I am passionate about education and LOVE my job!!! I LOVE the people that I work with and feel that I learn just as much from them as they (hopefully) do from me.
My Teaching Experiences:
I am a 3rd year Instructional Coach. I started my teaching career teaching in a level 2/3 Special Education classroom where I spent my first three years of teaching. I then spent 9 years teaching 4th grade Special Education followed by three years as a 3rd-grade classroom teacher. I first learned about Instructional Coaches three years ago when our school adopted the Teacher Leadership Compensation Grant (TLC) from our state Department of Education. This grant allowed schools in our state to empower teachers to advance into leadership roles such as Instructional Coach, Model Teacher and Curriculum Leader (these are the roles our school chose). The overriding philosophy of the system is multi-pronged, but boils down to the philosophy that improving student learning requires improving the instruction they receive each day. As of today, every K-12 public school in our state has adopted the TLC grant. At first, it was a bit of a scary thought to leave the classroom, however, I was ready for a new adventure. My first two years were spent as a K-5 Instructional Coach. This year my position expanded into a K-12 Instructional Coach. I was initially very nervous about the change as elementary education is my passion (and comfort zone). I am however, glad I was pushed outside of my comfort zone. I believe my learning is and will be expanded with the new change. I look forward to the challenge! I am a lifelong learner and have embraced the change. I think if you are not pushed outside of your box then growth will not occur. I will use this blog to share my experiences, growths and failures as well as share my learnings as an instructional coach.