Meet KyAnne Weaver. She’s enrolled in the Evening ACC Pathway with CoachNet, which began a couple weeks ago. During the course of her training experience, she’ll be offering a number of blogs and videos about her experience in the training process.
KyAnne works in the Marshfield R-1 School District near Springfield, Missouri and is looking forward to deploying her coaching skills with teachers and students in the district.
Dr. KyAnne Weaver is married to Kevin Weaver, PCC (who teaches on the CoachNet Training Team). KyAnne lives in Springfield, Missouri and is the mother of three adult sons. She completed her doctorate at Evangel University in Springfield.
The first topic for KyAnne’s reflections is “Why coach training? And why now?”
Like so many others, for many years of my life I thought the title “coach” represented one type of person: the one with the whistle who made others run line drills up and down the basketball court.
As I entered adulthood, I began to hear more about “life coaches,” those I perceived as only needed by people who had no clue what to do with themselves.
I’m not saying my perception was correct, I’m just being completely transparent. When I became an educator in the public school system, I soon interacted with “instructional coaches.” An instructional coach uses evidence-based strategies and practices to sharpen teachers for the growth and betterment of their respective classrooms.
As I wrapped up my doctoral program in Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction, I entered the world of being a “coach.” After years of being in the classroom (having taught almost every grade from Kindergarten through 12th), it’s a new world.
You might think a gazillion classroom experiences, over three decades of working with students, and a terminal degree would have me primed to be an expert at coaching.
I MIGHT have been thinking that with you…for about 3.2 seconds.
Once I entered the world of instructional coaching, I found that the expectations could be just as varied as for any other type of coaching. I dove into every resource I could get my hands on, and talked to every educational leader I could. As good as it all seemed to be, I quickly became overwhelmed. Not just overwhelmed, but exceedingly so.
That’s when the coach decided she needed to be trained…in coaching.
Full disclosure: my husband has been an ICF certified coach for years, and I have watched not only countless others grow and succeed with his support, but he has also gained so much from the process. However, I have always stayed pretty outside of his coaching world.
First, I’m married to the man. We are a great team, for sure, but there are things that we know not to do together. We don’t wallpaper. He doesn’t teach me to perfect my golf swing. I don’t have him help teach a preschool Sunday School class. These are all very no bueno.
So, I championed his journey in coaching, while he championed my journey in pursuing my education. The thought of me following the coach training path he had taken, never really crossed my mind.
Why now? Simply, I like the way he “coaches.” He doesn’t tell people what to do. He asks these amazing questions that pull the best out in others. And mind you, I have never heard him coach an actual client…this is how he talks and builds relationships with all people now. It’s pretty incredible.
I am all about relationships. I am all about teachers not cringing when they see me appear in their doorways. I am all about teachers seeing me, or seeing my phone number pop up, and saying to themselves, “YES! It’s Weaver! I don’t know how she does it, but she always helps me help myself to a better me…a better way…a better classroom.”
That sure seems like coaching to me. I’m ready to get started.
So, that’s my “why” and “why now.” I don’t want to be a know-it-all who shows up to tell you what’s what. I want to be the know-you-well who shows up to tell you that you know what’s what.
NOTICE: CoachNet has compensated KyAnne for these updates on her experience in the training process.