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Coaching is an essential tool for developing the next generation of leaders. Be at your professional best with hands-on guidance and instructional coaching through Michigan Virtual™.

Coaches set a course for success

Michigan Virtual’s team of professional learning coaches work with teachers and mentors of online learners and administrators throughout Michigan, and beyond. Coaches travel to schools to work with individuals or with groups of educators and also can connect virtually using web conferencing software.

Coaches focus on improving learning systems to increase success for each student. First, they address challenge areas and then work collaboratively to find solutions, resources and tools necessary for growth.

Erin Luckhardt

Erin Luckhardt

Erin’s 10 years of experience gives her insight into the world of education that only comes from time in the classroom directly engaging with students. With a focus on the areas of social studies, history and political science, Erin is dedicated to helping students develop into the leaders of tomorrow. With a background in technology, via district technology coaching, she is excited to continue bridging the gap between education innovation and the classroom. Erin embraces the opportunity to work with other teachers to find the best solutions possible to create the ideal learning environment for students.

Jeff Gerlach

Jeff Gerlach

A seasoned social studies teacher for grades 7-12, Jeff became deeply interested in online learning design while completing his Master of Arts in educational technology at Michigan State University. Ambitiously, Jeff sought to create an entirely online experience for his 7th-grade learners. Through the experience of seeing students thrive, he developed an appreciation for the decision making required to effectively blend in-person and technology-aided learning experiences. Jeff specializes in assisting teachers develop a holistic mindset for blended lesson design, utilizing TPACK and SAMR as frameworks to scaffold their pre-existing lesson plan process.

Stacey Schuh

Stacey Schuh

Stacey’s passion lies with the direct engagement of students and the development of relationships as an educator. When given the opportunity to work one-on-one with educators to provide the support they need to do more in the classroom, Stacey feels as though she’s truly making a fulfilling impact. Stacey is a certified K-8 teacher and a National Writing Project trainer. Additionally, she has a master’s in education and educational technology from Michigan State University. Stacey is a firm believer in the results that come from blended online learning when aid is provided to support objectives and goals for individual learning.

Kelli Hixon

Kelli Hixon

Prior to joining the team at Michigan Virtual, Kelli taught at the elementary level for 19 years. Spending the bulk of her career teaching a range of early and upper elementary grade levels, she also engaged in coordinating and implementing school-wide interventions for at-risk students, teaching students 21st-century literacy skills and coaching teachers to implement blended learning in their classrooms. This invaluable wealth of experience as has led her to conduct statewide work, introducing blended teaching and learning applications to fellow educators.

Kelli’s extensive background in elementary and early childhood education have enabled her to be specifically skilled in designing material for young students by taking advantage of both the digital and face-to-face environments. A strong background in pedagogy and learning theory guides her as she helps educators cultivate learning environments that empower students to continuously grow.

Julia McBride

Julia McBride

A decade of experience working as an educator, trainer, school development coach and leadership coach, focused on training and coaching school teams and school leaders about the design, implementation and improvements to the innovative school model have garnered Julia an impressive skill set. Julia is an expert in inquiry-driven facilitation, cognitive coaching, and supporting schools and their leaders in the intentional design of adult learning systems. She is passionate about the professional culture, structures and policies that support blended education.

As a coach, Julia loves having the opportunity to help individuals and systems purposefully grow. She is passionate about contributing to the continuous improvement of a public education system that lives up to its promise of ensuring equitable access to a world-class education for every single person throughout the nation.

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