Christopher MarksAcademic Coach336.570.6400Nestled in the quaint offices of the Student Services Department, you will find the Academic Coach. Most people I have encountered when they find out I am an Academic Coach usually offer up the same question, "What exactly is the Academic Coach?" After deep thought and investigative inquiry, I have yet to find the true identity of the highly sought after easy response. So I enlisted in the knowledge of a higher power to help with this description and listed below is how an Academic Coach might be identified.
- They are assisting schools in high quality instructional practices that will translate into student success
- You will find them participating in PLCs(Professional Learning Communities) to support instruction
- Helping carrying out the schools mission and vision
- Participating in school level and district level training
- Providing Professional Development(as needed)
- Working along with the School Leadership Team
- All things, to all people, at all times
Even though I have two years of experience under my belt, this answer is yet to be fully formalized. This is my 14th year with the Alamance-Burlington School System. Over the past 13 years, I have invested my time at the elementary and middle school levels. I started my career off at E.M. Holt Elementary School as a 3rd grade teacher and then transitioned to Hawfields Middle School. During my 8 years at Hawfields, I was able to teach Social Studies and ELA at the 6th grade level and then jumped up to 8th grade to focus on Social Studies.Off campus, I am a husband and father. I have been married to my wife Emily for 12 years. We have 2 boys: Wesley(age 7) and Ian(age 4) along with our newest addition: Gracie(2 months) The oldest is a 2nd grader at Alexander Wilson Elementary School this year. He is involved in soccer and basketball. Ian gets to start pre-school this year at Graham Presbyterian Playschool while Emily continues to fulfill her dream of being a stay-at-home mom.