Michelle Amend has over 30 years of experience in education. She earned her Literacy Coach Graduate Certificate degree from UALR in 2010. She has a Master’s in Reading Education and holds principal and director of instruction licensures. Michelle has presented at state and national reading conferences and has worked with several districts in the state of WI to implement the PCL model 4K-12. Michelle’s wide-range of experiences includes: middle school classroom teacher, Title I teacher K-5, Reading Recovery teacher, building level PCL coach, district level PCL coach, regional level PCL coach, and Cooperative Educational Services Agency (CESA) literacy coordinator where she worked as a liaison for the Department of Public Instruction and provided literacy support for 42 school districts. Michelle is the recipient of the Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award for teaching excellence and innovation in the state of WI. She has served on the RRCNA National Conference Committee under the coaching strand since 2013. She is excited to grow in expertise as a clinical coach for UALR and director of the PCL Center.
Kay Lange is currently working as a Literacy Consultant and Clinical Coach for the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Clinical Center that is part of the School District of Belleville. Kay earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in literacy coaching from National Louis University, an affiliated training center for the Comprehensive Literacy and Intervention Models associated with Dr. Linda Dorn from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Working in the Columbus School District Kay oversaw the implementation of these models beginning in 2008. She is an experienced Reading Recovery teacher, literacy interventionist and has worked as an instructional coach with both classroom teachers as well as literacy interventionists to implement the classroom practices and intervention formats that are associated with these models. Kay holds a 17 Reading Specialist license and earned a Master of Arts in Education with a Reading Endorsement from Viterbo University. During the 2015-16 school year, Kay worked at affiliated PCL sites with classroom teachers to implement components of balanced literacy into their literacy blocks, provided clinical coaching support to site-based literacy coaches and has provided ongoing professional development to literacy interventionists in the intervention formats that are associated with the model.
Linda Braier is currently working as a Literacy Consultant and Strategic Processing Coach for the Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy Clinical Center that is part of the School District of Belleville. Linda was employed in Menomonee Falls School District for 25 years. She became the District Literacy Coach and oversaw the implementation of these models in 2009. Her roles besides the District Literacy Coach in Menomonee Falls included special education teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher and Reading Interventionist. Linda has special education experience with Early Childhood, and working with students from ages 6-14. She also has worked with special education teachers helping them implement the Comprehensive Intervention Model within their classrooms. Linda holds a special education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a 316 Reading Degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Masters of Education from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. She also is a trained and experienced Reading Recovery teacher.