Diving deep into data, technology helps Craig instructional coach Bobbie Evenson improve student, teacher performance
CRAIG — With an aptitude for coaching Craig Middle School Instructional Coach Bobbie Evenson helps teachers as they prepare students for a high tech world.
A visitor to her office would find her “knee deep in tech resources, data, and piles of ideas to try or engaging in meaningful conversations with students and teachers,” she said.
Evenson has 20 years experience teaching, yet recalls her days as a student.
Craig Press: What were you like as a student?
Bobbie Evenson: I was a hard worker. I wanted to excel in academics and athletics.
Have you taught in other places besides Moffat County?
I started teaching in Fort Morgan, then moved to East Grand (my hometown school), and have been in Moffat County for the past 12.5 years.
Why did you choose Moffat County?
My husband had an opportunity to transfer to Craig and my brother and his family lived here, so we made the move. We were thrilled to live, work, and play all in the same town. No more commuting for us!
How has your education, training, and work experiences qualified you for your role?
I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelors in Health Sciences and immediately started teaching Physical Education. Over the last 20 years, I have taught and coached students from kindergarten to twelfth grade, completed my master’s degree, and worked hard to be the best teacher I could be. The past 12 years have been specific to middle school and I can say that I finally understand middle school students. I am excited about my new role this year as the instructional coach for CMS. I work closely with teachers and administrators to set goals for student learning.
What do you do if your students don’t “get it?”
My first thought is “why don’t they get it?” If I am able to identify the “why”, then I can narrow down my next steps.
How do you measure your success as an educator?
I think a good indicator of my success is when students have completed their work and they have a smile on their face!
How are you involved in the community outside school?
My husband and I have coached several of our own children’s sports teams. We also enjoy attending the many great community events Craig has to offer, from parades to dinners and fundraisers.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.
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