Teresa Cole
Richmond, VA

Qualifications Summary

Teresa Cole has worked in secondary education for ten years as a history and English teacher, department chair, teacher leader and administrative assistant in both urban and suburban settings. Currently, she is a K-12 Instructional Specialist in Richmond Public Schools. Her work in the classroom, school and graduate classes has specifically focused on ways to improve the quality of services and curriculum and instruction for underserved populations in regular and gifted education. She is passionate and committed to social justice, and has a keen interest in policy development and advocacy that works to create equitable access and opportunities in education. She has extensive leadership experience working as an administrative aide, a member of advisory committees, School Improvement Leadership teams, and an Instructional Specialist creating strategies to meet the needs of students, staff and the community through data collection and analysis. She has created and implemented action research projects in order to assess and improve classroom and school practices.


  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, December 2016
  • Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Richmond, 2015
  • B.A. English, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
  • B.A. African American Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004
  • B.I.S. Women’s Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004

Postgraduate Professional License, expires June 2021

Gifted Education, Kindergarten through Grade 12
Secondary English, Grade 6 through 12
Administration and Supervision Pre K-12

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2016 University of Richmond Colonel (U.S.A., Ret.) Porcher L. Taylor, Jr., Ph.D. Book Award for Leadership
  • 2015 REB Awards for Teaching Excellence Winner
  • 2014 Henrico Education Fund Edward’s Scholarship Recipient
  • 2012 Henderson Middle School Teacher of the Year

Professional Organizations
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
National Council of English Teachers
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Virginia State Reading Association
Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD)
Virginia Association of Teachers of English Language Arts

Conference Presentations

  • 2016, “Backchannel and TodaysMeet,” EdTech 2016, Richmond, VA, March 9
  • 2016, “Who Cares? Student Perceptions of Teacher Care,” William and Mary School of Education Research Symposium, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2016, “Who Cares? Student Perceptions of Teacher Care,” Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA
  • 2015 Co-Presenter with Kate M. Cassada, Ed.D. and Laura Kassner, Ed.D., “Backchannel and Reflective Practice for K-12 and Higher Education Students and Teachers” Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA, March 10
  • 2015 Co-Presenter with Kate M. Cassada, Ed.D. and Laura Kassner, Ed.D.,“Backchannel and Reflective Practice for K-12 and Higher Education Students and Teachers,” William and Mary School of Education Research Symposium, Williamsburg, VA, March 20
  • 2012 “Implementing Learning Stations in the Secondary Classroom,” New Teacher Training, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, VA, January 25
  • 2004 Organizer, Step Up and Speak Out Youth Violence Prevention Forum, Seattle, WA

Relevant Professional Experience

2017 to present K-12 Instructional Specialist for English Language Arts, Richmond City Public Schools, Richmond , VA
Collaborates across Central Office departments, as well as with school administrators and teachers to develop, implement, and coordinate English Language Arts curriculum and programs. Collaborates with departments and schools to assist in establishing departmental curriculum objectives and implementing plans to accomplish objectives around achievement gaps and alignment of the written, taught and tested curriculum. Collaborates with departments and schools to assist in monitoring, measuring and assessing programs related to the district’s progress towards achieving its literacy goals. Collaborates with the Office of Professional Development to identify trainings in support of the district’s efforts and goals. Coordinates professional development and ongoing support for content area teachers (division, classroom embedded, and topic specific) to help improve performance and achieve objectives. Observes classroom instruction regularly and provides follow up consultation and feedback. Coordinates gathering, selection and analysis of data for English Language Arts; and assists in collection, review and submission for state and federal reporting. Utilizes data to drive decision making for all initiatives and programs. Serves as a coach, trainer and resource for school administrators, department chairs, and teachers to enhance and support the development, implementation and monitoring of the English Language Arts curriculum and school based action plans. Developed and leads the Literacy Advisory Council for Richmond Public Schools, tasked with developing a long term literacy plan in order to achieve equity in literacy acquisition for students. Establishes working relationships with community organizations to support and promote the district’s English Language Arts efforts and goals

2015 to 2017 English Department Chair, Short Pump Middle School, Henrico County Public Schools, Glen Allen, VA
Supervises the English department, consisting of six members across three grade levels, by observing and supporting teachers in the implementation of high quality curriculum and instruction aligned with research based best practices. Interviews candidates for English positions as part of a panel with administration.

2014 to 2017 Administrative Aide, Short Pump Middle School, HCPS, Glen Allen, VA
Organizes community engagement events through collaboration with area schools and businesses to raise money for community organizations. Represents school at countywide job fairs. Creates and distributes weekly staff newsletter. Participated on division level instructional planning committee to revise the instructional planner format to meet the needs of individual schools. Supervised school yearbook program, aiding advisor, helping meet deadlines and serving as a liaison between program, administration and Jostens representative.  

2012 to 2017 English and Yearbook Teacher, Short Pump Middle School, HCPS, Glen Allen, VA
Develops creative and collaborative lesson plans to meet academic, intellectual and social-emotional needs of students. Uses formative assessment and data to drive instruction. Mentors teachers in field placements and as new hires. Participated as a member of the school based Staff Development Committee.

2011 to 2012 History Department Chair, Henderson Middle School, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, VA
Chaired the History Department which consisted of eight team members across three grade levels, including Special Education teachers. Observed teachers twice per quarter and gave feedback to teachers in a timely fashion. Provide guidance to teachers regarding curriculum, methods, discipline, testing and grading. Communicated proficiencies and deficiencies with the administrative team and worked to create action plans, when necessary. Worked closely with administration and central office staff as a member of the School Improvement Leadership Team.

2008 to 2012 English and History Teacher, Henderson Middle School, RPS, Richmond, VA
Developed interesting lesson plans to meet academic, intellectual and social needs of students. Coordinated after school tutoring hours with other teachers to help students in need of extra attention. Presented on student-led learning centers at district wide new teacher training. Trainer and member of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Committee.

Additional Trainings and Certificates

  • 2018 ASCD Empower 2018, Boston, MA, March 23-26
  • 2018 VSRA Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, March
  • 2018 Best Practices for Reading Comprehension, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, Hanover, VA, February 27
  • 2017, Collaborative Classroom Leadership Institute, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, Hanover, VA, September 28
  • 2015 EdCampRVA, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond,VA, March 21
  • 2015 School of Education Research Symposium, William and Mary, March 20
  • 2015 Annual MERC Conference, Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA, March 10
  • 2014 Education for Upward Mobility Conference, Fordham Institute, Washington, DC, December 3
  • 2014 Creating Compelling Digital Lessons: The Easy Way, September
  • 2014 Congress, the Constitution, and Contemporary Politics, James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution, April
  • 2014 Unconference RVA, January
  • 2013 VDOE K-12 English Language Arts Standards of Learning Institutes, October
  • 2013 We the People through Primary Documents, James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution, March
  • 2013 Unconference RVA, January
  • 2012 The Evolution of American Citizenship, James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution, November
  • 2012 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Institute, Library of Virginia, August 14
  • 2012 We the People Summer Seminar for Educators from Virginia and Washington, DC, James Madison’s Montpelier Center for the Constitution, July
  • 2012 Capturing Video for the Classroom Teacher, Richmond Public Schools, Spring
  • 2011 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Workshop, October
  • 2011 Enhancing Our Focus on Student Computer Literacy, PD360 Online Course, Summer
  • 2011 Presentations that Engage, Richmond Public Schools, December
  • 2011 IBA – Middle Years Program Category 1, 2, & 3 – International Baccalaureate, April
  • 2011 Olweus Anti-Bullying Prevention Staff Training, September
  • 2011 Olweus Anti-Bullying Coordinating Committee Training, Virginia Commonwealth University, Summer
  • 2008 Power Tools for Adolescent Literacy Workshop, Richmond, VA, August
  • 2004 Freedom Network Institute on Human Trafficking: Human Trafficking and Slavery, Basic Tools for an Effective Response Training, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 Paul Haas, Resource Development Director, Fremont Public Association: Introduction to Grant Writing, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 Catholic Community Services Peace Council: Deep Listening, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse: Anti-Oppression Training, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 People’s Institute Northwest: Undoing Institutional Racism, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 National Coalition Building Institute: Violence Prevention/Prejudice Reduction, Seattle, WA

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