Kathy Perret fell in love with the field of education as a student in 4th grade. She spent most of her free time imitating her favorite teacher in the basement classroom set up in her childhood home. For 18 years she had the honor of teaching 4th and 5th graders which lead to a career as an educational consultant. Her passions include literacy, technology integration, and instructional coaching. She blogs at kathyperret.net and loves supporting teachers and instructional coaches so they can SHINE! She can be found on Twitter @KathyPerret and is the co-founder and co-moderator of #educoach, a weekly Twitter chat devoted to supporting instructional coaches. Kathy has a BA from Iowa State and an M.Ed from Morningside College.