Success Stories

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Coach Centric Leadership™ for Education Leaders has helped dozens of districts, schools, and educational professionals transform their organizations.

For more information on iPEC’s Coach-Centric Leadership™ for Education Professionals and how it can transform your organization, contact a member of our Education Leadership Development Team at (732) 982-8155 ex. 716.

Featured Success Story:

Holly Singerling, Elementary School Teacher

Holly was a burnt out teacher. She originally took iPEC’s Professional Coach Training Program so she could leave her current teaching position and instead, focus on building a new business as a coach. However, after completing her training, her husband unexpectedly lost his job. In order to keep their health insurance and benefits, Holly begrudgingly went back to the classroom.

On her very first day back, as she was prepping the classroom, several teachers stopped by to say hello and to give her a warning: “I see that you have Johnny in your class. Oh boy, are you in for a bad year! His Mom is so demanding. No matter what you do, you can never make her happy.” As the day continued, Holly found herself becoming more and more depressed, angry, and frustrated about the situation. She did not want to teach this class.

Holly considered all that she had learned and experienced in her Coach Training Program and had a realization. She recognized that she had a choice in this situation. She did not have to simply accept the warnings of her colleagues and allow those statements to shape her year with Johnny. Using the skills that she had gained in her iPEC training, Holly began shifting her thinking to “how do I turn this situation into an opportunity?”

She decided to call Johnny’s Mom to see if she could utilize the coaching and listening skills that she had learned to change the situation. They met for lunch that day and were able to spend some time getting to know each other. Holly came prepared with a list of questions like:

  • “What would make this the best year for Johnny in my class?”
  • “What do you need from me to feel secure in Johnny’s behavior, homework, and day-to-day functioning?”
  • “When do you want me to call you?”
  • “When do you want me to write you a note?”
  • “What do you want me to know about Johnny?”

They had a great lunch together and Holly was amazed by what she learned. Before her training, she would have never considered taking on a lunch meeting with a parent—but by doing so, she was able to build a relationship that would improve outcomes for herself, for Johnny, and for his Mom.

As the year progressed, Holly discovered that she not only had a new friend in Johnny’s Mom, she had a helper in the classroom and an advocate in her corner. As a result, she had a wonderful experience with Johnny that year—with no sign of the trouble that she had been told to expect.

From Frustrated Teacher to Engaged, Compassionate, and Effective Educator

Testimonials

Oneida-Herkimer-Madison
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services

New Hartford, New York

 

“As a participant in iPEC’s training program, I was able to connect with like-minded educators who share a passion for teaching and working with others. Through a deeper self-awareness and sense of oneness with the world around me, I developed greater confidence as a coach/collaborator/educator and renewed my personal commitment to serving others in the education field and beyond.

In my work as a Literacy Curriculum Specialist for Oneida BOCES, I access my awareness of self and others, my knowledge, and skills on a daily basis. Practically speaking, iPEC’s program equipped me with tools and strategies that enable me to stay focused on the “client” and his/her needs in any conversation whether I’m at work, at home, or in my community.”

—Wendy Woods Bunker
Literacy Curriculum Specialist
OHM BOCES

Wendy Woods Bunker
Literacy Curriculum Specialist
OHM BOCES

CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

 

“Because of this training, I am finding myself more conscious about how I interact with others and truly listening more. I connected to the materials presented because they are skills and concepts that are not only applicable in the workplace, but also in my personal life. It has been very effective in helping bring me closer to others, to have an open mind, and be more receptive and accepting of other perspectives. I see it benefitting me in my organization in building rapport and trust with my coworkers and empowering staff to take action for the decisions they need to make in their positions and relationships.

The instructors were phenomenal and I did not look at the time all day, like I have in other seminars. I actually left wanting more and excited for the next day—instead of exhausted and drained. This training, in one word, is simply life-changing! I would highly recommend it to anyone.”

–Becky Neubauer
Director of Human Resources
CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Becky Neubauer
Director of Human Resources
CESA 6

Pembina Trails School Division
Winnipeg, Canada

 

“Our top goal was to increase student engagement. We began training our principals and teachers through iPEC’s coaching program. The new culture within our division has led to increased engagement for the students, teachers, and principals—ultimately, resulting in higher achievement.”

–Lawrence Lussier
Superintendent of Education
Pembina Trails School Division

Lawrence Lussier
Superintendent of Education
Pembina Trails School Division

San Antonio Independent School District
San Antonio, Texas

 

“We have at least 50 administrators who are in some phase or stage of going through this training, so it gives us all an opportunity to not only continue to grow and develop and learn from each other—but to really establish a culture in the school district where we are more comfortable coming together, collaborating, listening, and looking for opportunities to find solutions. These skills and this experience are truly applicable to any industry and walk of life.”

–Toni Thompson
Associate Superintendent
San Antonio Independent School District

Toni Thompson
Associate Superintendent
San Antonio Independent School District

Oakfield School District
Oakfield, Wisconsin

 

“My primary objective for attending this training was to gain knowledge on how to better lead and work with others. The material gave me a way to better look at myself so that I could be a better leader to others. The tools and strategies I learned will greatly impact my organization and myself, now and in the future. I would recommend this training to anyone who is considering taking it or sponsoring it.”

–Carmen Klassy
Middle School and High School Principal
Oakfield School District

Carmen Klassy
Middle School and High School Principal
Oakfield School District

Fort Sam Houston Independent School District
San Antonio, Texas

 

“I would say that it’s the most wonderful opportunity you could have as an educator. It gave me skills that I have not received in other facets of my professional career. It has skilled me in the words to use with my teachers. It has given me the opportunity to help my teachers make plans and aim smart with their plans. Prior to training, I feel like I halfway listened, whereas now, I find myself really focused on the individual and listening to what it is that they’re truly saying. A lot of times, you find that the answer really is in the individual, and if you listen for what it is that they’re trying to say, you can help them to see that match.

Every teacher wants to be the best teacher they can be. And if you just take time to listen for that clarity, you will get the effectiveness out of that person that you want. You will get them to where they want to be and they will feel so much more successful at their job and what they do for our kids.”

–Lynda Jacob
Campus Instructional Design Coach
Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

Lynda Jacob
Campus Instructional Design Coach
Fort Sam Houston Independent School District

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For more information on iPEC’s Coach-Centric Leadership™ for Education Professionals, contact a member of our Education Leadership Development Team at (732) 982-8155, ex. 716 or team@ipeceducation.com.