This summer, we are preparing for changes in the way we will approach literacy instruction, and it’s absolutely invigorating. We now have a full-time literacy coach to support teachers all year long. At a small school like ours, a coach to help teachers improve instruction for every child is a rare and welcome resource. Having a coach means that we can raise the bar and hold ourselves to high expectations, just as we do for our students. And, hey, if hometown heroes like Michael Phelps and the Ravens have coaches on their team, so can we.