850.983.5110

About Wendy

District Mentor Coach

I assist and mentor first year teachers, as well as first and second year alternative certified teachers. I support the professional growth of new teachers through coaching and collaboration.

Wendy Upton

Wendy Upton – My Story

District Mentor Coach

I am a Teacher on Special Assignment, currently working for Santa Rosa County as a District Mentor Coach. In this position, I assist and mentor first year teachers, as well as first and second year alternative certified teachers. I work hand in hand with the alternative certified teachers as they complete the Professional Development Certification Program, which is one step in receiving a Professional Teaching Certificate. This year I mentor 20 new teachers from Jay Elementary, Jay High, King Middle, Chumuckla Elementary, and Pea Ridge Elementary. I also mentor two Social Workers in our district.

Before accepting the position as a Mentor Coach, I spent 15 years in the classroom. I began my teaching career in 2003 at Pea Ridge Elementary, teaching kindergarten. I taught kindergarten for six years before moving to 2nd grade. After spending eight years at PRE, I finally moved home (Jay, FL) and transferred to Jay Elementary School, where I taught 2nd grade for four years and 5th grade ELA for three years.

For 15 years I poured my heart into teaching. The best part of everyday was the time that I spent teaching and molding the minds of my students.  Little did I know that the “dream job” was still out there; being a Mentor Coach. I am now getting to share my love of teaching with my mentees, which in turn is touching hundreds of students each day.

“Wendy, I saw the feedback you were giving your mentee, and I am so impressed! You are doing an amazing job in this position.”

How Can I Help?

As a Mentor Coach, it is my job to support the professional growth of new teachers through coaching and collaboration. As a veteran teacher, I remember the stress and anxiety that came with teaching, so I can imagine how a new teacher must feel. I want to relieve as much stress as I can, whether it is helping with lesson plans, modeling a lesson, searching for resources, giving feedback, answering questions, providing emotional support, or just listening.

Qualifications & Awards

Education

  • 1988-1990: Jefferson State Community College, Brewton, AL (received AA)
  • 1990-1994: University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL (received BA in Elem. Ed. K-6)

Experience

  • 2003-2009: Pea Ridge Elementary (teaching Kindergarten)
  • 2009-2011: Pea Ridge Elementary (teaching 2nd grade)
  • 2011-2015: Jay Elementary (teaching 2nd grade)
  • 2015-2018: Jay Elementary (teaching 5th grade ELA & SS)
  • 2018- present: District Mentor Coach

Recognition

  • Math Teacher of the Year: 2012- Jay Elementary
  • Teacher of the Year: 2009- Pea Ridge Elementary
  • Rookie of the Year: 2003- Pea Ridge Elementary

What I Can Do For You

Lesson Planning

Observational Feedback

Lesson Modeling

Small Group Support

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Resources Support

Grading and SMART

Alt. Cert. Teacher Support

Emotional Support

Contact

Phone

850.983.5110

Email

uptonw@santarosa.k12.fl.us

Address

6032 Hwy. 90, Milton FL 32570

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