Virtual Instructional Coach
April Connelley is a Virtual Coach for Early Literacy. She is a life-long learner and educator with 24 years of experience in elementary and special education. She is a passionate reader and advocates for students to develop life-long reading habits by finding their reading identity. She offers expertise in literacy, instructional coaching, professional learning, and curriculum development.
Prior to joining Teaching Matter, April spent fifteen years working directly with PreK-5th grade students. Six of those years focused on targeting students most in need of reading intervention. The remainder of her time in public education focused on bringing written and taught curriculum together working as an instructional coach and district curriculum administrator. Additionally, outside of public education, April fulfilled the role of a Literacy Specialist working with multiple districts across a geographic region.
April has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana and a Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. She also completed an Educational Leadership endorsement program.