Julie McLean ~ Instructional Coach at Shelton Elem.

 Welcome to . . . The Coach's Corner! 
    My name is Julie McLean and this is my 25th year as an Educator and my 6th year as an Instructional Coach.  Also, I have been a classroom teacher for the past 19 years.  I am proud and honored to continue to support and partner with teachers, help and guide students, as well as work with all families in our Shelton Community.  

My email is julie.mclean@jeffco.k12.co.us if you have any questions or concerns.  My voice mail is 303-982-6332. My office is in the Library, so stop by anytime to chat and say Hi!

When I'm not coaching or working at Shelton, you'll find me at a nearby barn with my palomino gelding, Diesel.  He's a registered Quarter Horse and truly one of a kind!  Diesel and I love trail rides and just spending time together.  One of my favorite things to do is groom Diesel which forms a special bond between a horse and its owner.  I also love to walk our two dogs at our neighborhood lake and trails, as well as hike with my family.  My husband and I have raised our own children here in Jeffco and we love living in Colorado!  Our daughter graduated from college in May 2018, resides in Michigan as a Social Worker, and our son is a Sophomore at Colorado State University, studying Environmental Engineering. Go Rams!

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's education at Shelton Elementary, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The best way to reach me is through email.  I am happy to meet with you to conference about your child's progress if needed.  I'm so happy to be the Instructional Coach at Shelton Elementary and look forward to talking to you.  Here's to another successful, fun and high achieving year! 


 You might be asking......."What does an Instructional Coach do?"

There are five prioritized roles that Instructional Coaches have within a school:

1.  Classroom and Instructional Specialist:  As a coach at Shelton, I support planning and effective lesson design across grade-levels and content areas with teachers; consequently, ensuring rigorous core instruction for all learners.  I support planning with and training teachers, as well as support staff for enrichment opportunities, strategic, and intensive interventions using the MTSS model.  Together, we implement progress monitoring systems and tools to drive instruction.
2.  Data Coach:  Another responsibility is to facilitate and support the use of data.  What happens to the data that is collected throughout the year on students? Most importantly, how is the data used to close the gap between current student performance to the desired student performance?  As a coach, I support and guide teachers in professional learning communities, using data collected through administration of all building, district-wide and state-level assessments.  Also, I support all teachers with the implementation of responsive, flexible, and differentiated instructional strategies.
3.  Capacity Builder and Change Agent: The third role I am instrumental with at Shelton is to help build competence and confidence with instructional staff, which results in a sustained, collegial learning culture.  I help develop and implement professional development, as well as support teachers through coaching cycles during the school year.
4.  School Improvement Leader:  Another responsibility I focus on is to work collaboratively with Mrs. Karen Brown, our Principal, Mrs. Darby Brady, Assistant Principal, and the building leadership team to assess, design, and implement school improvement initiatives.  I serve as a sense-maker between the district's instructional initiatives, school improvement efforts and daily classroom instruction.
5.  Mentor:  Through the mentor role, I work to build trusting relationships that help new teachers and other staff to develop a sense of belonging and acculturation into our school community. I strive to empower new educators to move to creativity and innovation, balancing my support with developing individual's capacity. As Shelton's coach, I move in and out of consulting, coaching, collaborating and problem-solving in order to meet goals of personal growth; consequently, directly impacting student learning.