iLEAD AV Begins New School Year With New Director
Each new school year brings changes and new experiences. There are new learners, new technology, new programs, new experiences and often new staff. This year, iLEAD AV is starting with a brand new director as well. Meet Talaya Coleman. Coleman recently shared some of her background, experience and thoughts on joining the iLEAD AV Team:
Hobbies / Personal Interests:
Being outside, relaxing and/or playing with grandkids.
Spending time with family and friends.
University of LaVerne – Bachelor of Arts/Liberal Studies
National University – Master of Science in Special Education
Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe
Has worked with and supported diverse groups of learners.
Has facilitated professional development and workshops in the Interdisciplinary Approach to Project-Based Learning and Social-Emotional Learning throughout the country.
Experienced with Turnaround Programs and Initiatives.
Has served on WASC Visiting Teams.
Has served as a Mentor in the Learn and Earn Program.
Experienced in Collaboration, Educational Ethics and Responsive Education.
Why iLEAD? Why did you take on this new role?
“It was the right place at the right time. Originally, I was in banking for 18 years. Once I decided to make a career change and pursue education, I thought I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I ended up working with the Los Angeles County Office of Education where I primarily served the high school population. Although I loved that experience, I was ready to start working with and serving the TK-8 learners of the amazing AV community. I’m also excited about my new seven-minute commute.”
How have you been welcomed or received thus far?
“It’s always a bit overwhelming to be new. However, everyone has been so kind, helpful and supportive.”
What are your thoughts about Project-Based Learning?
“As a Special Day Class teacher, I have been able to learn about and teach PBL in my classroom. I loved bringing the curriculum to life by incorporating meaningful projects that engaged the students. As a Program Specialist, I coached others on how to create authentic projects aligned to the standards. I look forward to bringing my PBL experience to iLEAD AV!”