Towards the end of my visit, I observed a meeting with the building coaches, a district coach, and the principal. I have only heard about the coaches but never saw them in “action.” Seeing this process unfold brought to life the importance and benefits of having coaches for teachers. The group brainstormed ways to get teachers, many of whom are new to Northwood, to collaborate with each other, explore new methods of teaching, as well as learn about themselves and each other. Being a former teacher, I would have loved to have someone who was always watching over me, someone who was always there to bounce ideas off of, and someone to help me discovery ways of reaching my students. From everything I’ve observed at Northwood and other schools, it appears these coaches are making a difference in what happens in the classroom.