Closing out the School Year with Nita Creekmore – Episode 16
By Nicole S. Turner
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The school year is wrapping up and summer is quickly approaching! Meeting with your teachers before the school year ends is so important so you can work together to close out the school year and start to prepare for next year. These end of the year meetings with your teachers should be meaningful, productive, and reflective. My guest today, Nita Creekmore, is sharing how she uses her meetings at the end of the school year as a way to encourage reflection, build connections with her teachers, and help them look ahead to the next year.
Nita Creekmore has been an elementary instructional coach for the past 6 years. Prior to becoming an instructional coach, she was an elementary teacher for 13 years. She currently works for Bright Morning Consulting as a Presenter. Nita is also an Instructional Coach Consultant with her business, Love Teach Bless, LLC. She truly believes that building relationships is essential in the field of education.
In this episode, Nita and I are diving into how we like to close out the school year with our teachers. We are sharing how we tie the questions we ask at the beginning of the year meetings to our end of the year meetings as a way to reflect on the school year. We are also discussing how teachers can continue to learn and improve throughout the summer while also prioritizing rest! I know this episode will give you some great ideas for ways to close out the school year with your teachers and look ahead to next school year.
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Topics Covered in Episode 16: Closing out the School Year with Nita Creekmore
- Nita’s background and journey to becoming an instructional coach
- How Nita had teachers reflect on their hopes, dreams, and wins to close out the school year
- The 2 goals I have my teachers set at the beginning of the year and reflect back on at the end of the year
- Why it is so difficult for teachers to find time for reflection
- How I encouraged teachers to set a simple summer professional development plan for themselves
- Why Nita always encourages teachers and coaches to prioritize rest
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Nita Creekmore’s Bio:
Nita Creekmore is an Instructional Coach who lives just outside Atlanta, GA. Nita is originally from Woodbridge, Virginia. She taught in elementary school and spent 13 years in the classroom before becoming an Elementary School Instructional Coach. Nita has been an Instructional Coach for 6+ years. Nita obtained her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2002 and her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership in 2013. She currently works for Bright Morning Consulting as a Presenter. Nita is also an Instructional Coach Consultant with her business, Love Teach Bless, LLC.
In the 19 years she has been in education, she truly believes that in all aspects of the field, relationships must always come first. Nita is married to Michael Creekmore, Jr. and has four children, three daughters and a son ages 9, 15, 17, and 19. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, practicing yoga and relaxing with a good book. Nita believes in maintaining a healthy work/ life flow, building relationships, that family/community is everything, and consistent learning and growing is essential.