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have always been a teacher. I cut my teeth in the profession working with elementary-school students. Those who teach elementary school will know that I mean that almost literally! During those years in the classroom, I happened upon some excellent graduate courses for teachers. After several years as a student in these courses, I eventu-ally became an instructor for the company providing them, Performance Learning Systems, Inc. (PLS). I began training other teachers in the practices and techniques that supported my own teaching. In all my years of teaching, I have signifcantly benefted from the support and feedback of others. As an elementary teacher, I worked closely with colleagues, my administrator, and a mentor who would coach, cajole, coddle, and otherwise guide me to achieve success with my students.

Within PLS are cadres of instructors in states or regions, all former or continuing classroom teachers, who enjoy a camaraderie, accountability, and support of one another as they tackle new courses or techniques and deliver them to teachers eager

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