Mindy Lake

do small things in a big way



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Phone: 480-472-7216

 

 

Biography

I am very excited to be a Professional Development Specialist for Mesa Public Schools.   My primary responsibility is to mentor and support probationary teachers to plan and implement quality instruction while increasing student achievement. I work with teachers at Las Sendas, Falcon Hill, Sirrine, Salk, Pomeroy,  and Whitman Elementaries as well as Red Mountain High School. I head the committee that provides the Standards in Teaching class to probationary teachers in their third year of teaching. In year three, participants have the opportunity to explore the INTASC standards as they refine their instructional skills, particularly in the areas of questioning and discussion techniques, demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness, while modeling student engagement techniques. It is the culminating series of classes designed to promote continuous professional growth.

I also serve on the science committee for Mesa where we are developing an expertise in the Next Generation Science Standards in order to ensure our elementary science kits provide the best science experience for our students. I am  also a DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) trainer as well as a trainer for Charlotte Danielson's Framework for Teaching.

Coming  to Mesa and Lowell Elementary from the Laveen School District fifteen years ago, was the best decision I could have made!  While I loved teaching at Lowell where I taught third grade for six years then was a Reading Interventionist for three years, I soon began  two fabulous years as a Reading Coach for Red Mountain Ranch and Pomeroy Elementary Schools. 

I have a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with endorsements in Early Childhood, Reading and ESL (English as a Second Language.)

 

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
-- Gandhi