“Veteran teachers mostly just know that this one aspect of their day is not going well and they’ve usually tried a few things and they just need another set of eyes that are saying, ‘Well this is what I see, and this is all the good things and maybe this is just what we need to tweak.'” reflects Louise Craig, 2nd grade teacher and an Instructional Specialist at the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District in California. “Sometimes new teachers… there’s just so much, they just don’t know where to begin. And it has to be broken down and said, ‘You know what? The kids know that you care about them, that’s the first start and now the next step would be this…,’ because I don’t know about you, but my first and second year I just didn’t even know what I didn’t even know.”
Fast Facts about Louise
- Full name: Louise Craig
- Years teaching: 14
- Grade(s)/Subject(s) taught: 2nd, 3rd and 4th multiple subjects
- Current position: 2nd grade teacher and an Instructional Specialist at Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
- Current City: Suisun City, CA
- Favorite books:
- A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron
- Any good fictional narrative for relaxation
- Favorite resources: Other teachers!
- Why teach? To see the light in the eyes of students as they figure it out!
Grounded in the belief that veteran and new teachers alike need, and deserve, a mentor who can provide one on one coaching that includes modeling, emotional peer support and a more, Louise describes her passion for her role as an instructional specialist.
Learn more about her role and the way that FSUSD helps mentor teachers balance their time in the classroom and their time with their mentees so that they all feel supported in their efforts to grow as educators for the sake of the children that need them the most.