A few years ago, I had the opportunity to become the coordinator of professional development and induction at Turlock Unified School District. I leapt at the chance! In my 20 years with the district, I had served mostly as a high school English teacher, with four years as an instructional coach.

In those four years, I learned a tremendous amount and returned to the classroom a much stronger teacher. Aside from refining my own practice and learning so much from my mentees, I found that I really enjoyed working with new teachers to help them unlock their potential and grow into...

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  • About the Author:

    Denise Duewell is the coordinator of professional development and induction at Turlock Unified School District, where she previously served as a high school English teacher and an instructional coach. She can be reached via email at DDuewell@turlock.k12.ca.us.