What Our Graduates Are Saying | The Breakthrough Coach
  • It’s a lifeline for administrators who feel like they’re drowning. They don’t have to stay at work till 9 o’clock and come in at 6:00 am anymore. And, it’s not just administrators who benefit from this, the kids benefit.
    Sarah West, Association Interim Executive Director, Executive Director, Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education
  • If you're looking to do capacity-building within your building, to distribute leadership responsibility, The Breakthrough Coach is a way to train and create a relationship with your secretary. Doing that allows you to do the educational leadership things the state is evaluating you on as a school leader.
    Everett Lyons, Association Associate Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Schools, Cheshire, CT
  • Day 3 is the next level. At Day 3 you’re able to take the time to make changes and hear from other colleagues. You get advice on steps they’ve taken you haven’t tried yet. It’s truly beneficial because when one of your peers has been successful, you’re more willing to try it.
    Heidi Gryniewski, Teaching and Learning Secretary, Owatonna Public Schools, Owatonna, MN
  • Implementing the Breakthrough Coach successfully in a district means continuous involvement and coaching. Day 1 and Day 2 sets the practices in motion. Day 3 reveals where we all are on the “continuum” of implementation. It’s essential. It’s also important to remember the Breakthrough Coach is ongoing professional growth that not only improves your professional life, it improves your personal life.
    Eric Prater, Superintendent, San Luis Coastal USD, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • For the first time ever all my teacher evaluations are done two weeks early and it's because of the Breakthrough Coach. It's because I leveraged my secretary in scheduling all the conferences I needed to do with individual teachers about their evaluations. It saved me tons of time.
    A principal’s note to Jeff Holm, Former Assistant Superintendent, Minot Public School District, Minot, ND
  • The Breakthrough Coach has enabled me to engage in activities designed to empower everyone in the educational community to reach their full potential. I have the time, the energy and the intentional focus to empower every stakeholder to focus on the learner.
    Tom Rooney, Superintendent, Lindsay Unified, Lindsay, CA
  • We're hitting a perfect storm right now – Common Core, a new assessment system and a new teacher evaluation system – but because of the structure of the Breakthrough principles and the support I get from my Coach, we're weathering the storm. I honestly believe we are on the track to a significant breakthrough in student performance because of how we're managing all these things.
    Steve Rabb, Principal, Enumclaw Middle School, Enumclaw, WA
  • We get three or four returning teams for 2-Day each year. With 35 teams, that's almost 10 percent. What they tell me is, "I found so much value three or four years ago, I wanted my new secretary to go through it with me."
    Everett Lyons, Association Associate Executive Director, Connecticut Association of Schools, Cheshire, CT
  • The Personalized Coaching was a great example of what being a coach is: listening, seeing the deficiencies, giving advice, and then letting you try to practice the strategies. There weren’t a lot of directives. It felt more like critical friends, someone who has already been there and knows where you’re headed.
    Charmaine Tourse, Principal, Dolan Middle School, Stamford, CT
  • The Breakthrough Coach gave our principals permission to have a personal life. They were healthier, happier and doing a better job. The secretaries felt much more valued and much more a part of what the mission of the district was. It was not only a win for me and our principals, the secretaries were finally feeling validated and valued.
    Jeff Holm, Former Assistant Superintendent, Minot Public School District, Minot, ND