The staff members at Instructional Coaching Group form a team of talented, passionate, and hardworking people who want to make a difference. It’s our pleasure to work with partners from around the globe that make our work possible.

Jim Knight

Senior Partner

jim knight: Staff at Instructional Coaching GroupJim Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching, writing several books on the topic.  Jim’s articles on instructional coaching have been included in publications such as The Journal of Staff DevelopmentPrincipal LeadershipThe School Administrator, and Teachers Teaching Teachers. Jim directs several research projects, including Pathways to Success, a comprehensive, district-wide school reform project in the Topeka, Kansas, School District. Jim also leads the coaching institutes and the Teaching, Learning, Coaching annual conference. Jim has presented and consulted in more than 40 states, most Canadian provinces, and around the world. He has also won several university teaching, innovation, and service awards.

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Jenny Knight

Senior Partner

jenny knight: Staff at Instructional Coaching GroupJenny Knight, Senior Partner of ICG, founded the company with Jim Knight in 2006. Jenny co-authors the Reflection Guides and Field Guides and oversees most of the communication, design, and financial aspects of the company. Jenny also partners with Jim to refine the vision and reach of ICG and to increase the impact of its research arm, The Impact Research Lab. Jenny is independently educated with emphases in educational practice, philosophy, and design.

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Ann Hoffman, M.Ed.

Senior Consultant

ann hoffman: Staff at Instructional Coaching GroupAnn Hoffman, Senior Consultant at ICG, and a Professional Development Leader for the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL) with more than 30 years of experience. As one of the first professional developers for KU-CRL as well as one of the first consultants with ICG, Ann has worked with thousands of teachers, coaches, and administrators in the United States and internationally. Ann is a recipient of the Gordon R. Alley Partnership Award and the Strategic Instruction Model Leadership Award, both from KU-CRL. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Don Deshler Leadership Award from the Instructional Coaching Group. In addition, Ann serves as a founding member of the advisory board for the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted and Talented Education at the University of Iowa. Ann lives in Iowa and California with her family.

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Michelle Harris

Senior Consultant

michelle harris: Staff at Instructional Coaching GroupMichelle Harris, Senior Consultant at ICG, began teaching in El Cajon, California. She taught middle school English and social studies before serving as an instructional coach, Title I coordinator, student manager, and assistant principal at three middle schools, a K-8 school, and a 6-12 IBO school, all in Beaverton, Oregon. A seasoned staff developer, Michelle has presented and keynoted all over the United States and in Europe and Africa. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two sons. When not working, she enjoys reading, traveling, attending her sons’ numerous sporting events, entertaining friends and family, and sitting in a chair on a sunny beach.

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Sharon Thomas

Senior Consultant

Sharon Thomas Instructional Coaching GroupSharon Thomas, Senior Consultant at ICG, is a National Board Certified English teacher, instructional coach, student advocate, and writer. Along with her work in ICG workshops, Sharon coordinates the ICG Coaching Certification process. She is also a consultant for the Touchstones Discussion Project and a Certified SIM Professional Developer in the area of writing. She is the founder of the Cecil County [Maryland] Teacher Leadership Network and has presented at conferences across North America on the issues of secondary school literacy and teacher leadership. Her experience with teacher leadership in school reform was published in Principal Leadership. Sharon lives in Maryland with her family.

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Tricia McKale Skyles

Professional Developer

Tricia McKale Skyles - Instructional Coaching GroupTricia McKale Skyles, Professional Developer at ICG, is an educational consultant with Randy’s Sprick’s Safe and Civil Schools and a co-author of Coaching Classroom Management. After being a classroom teacher, Tricia served as an instructional coach, working extensively with the Strategic Instruction Model from the University of Kansas and continues as a consultant for Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching Group. A middle school teacher at heart, she now resides in Rolla, Missouri, with her family, when she isn’t flying around the country in an aluminum tube.

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Emily Malatesta

Senior Project Manager

Emily Malatesta Instructional Coaching GroupEmily Malatesta, Senior Project Manager at ICG, graduated from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in education in 2011.  She also earned post-graduate certification in applied behavioral analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2012. Emily’s role at ICG includes supporting events, professional development partnerships, the Impact Research Lab, marketing, and more! She loves that ICG at its core is passionate and dedicated to the betterment of themselves and others. In her free time, she enjoys playing on the beach with her family, film and photography, and traveling every chance she gets.

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Ruth Ryschon


ruth Ryschon: Staff at Instructional Coaching GroupRuth is in charge of all things “administrative” for the Instructional Coaching Group. Previously, she has been a stay-at-home mom, worked in direct sales, and most recently, worked as the Administrative Assistant to the CEO at Valley County Health Systems. Ruth especially enjoys her work with ICG as she is able to work from home in rural central Nebraska, which gives her the flexibility to take care of her grandsons when they are not in school. Thus, you may receive emails from Ruth that bear a time stamp of very early morning, or very late at night! Most of all, she is very excited about the opportunity to work with ICG and to be a part of something that is truly making a difference, ultimately, for our children and grandchildren.

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Brooke Deaton

ICG Administrator & Operations Manager for One Fine Bird Press

Brooke Deaton - Instructional Coaching GroupBrooke Deaton, Administrator at ICG, looks after the workshop registrations, helps with Jim’s travel arrangements, orders books for the trainings, and whatever else she can do to assist Ruth. She loves being a part of ICG and hopes she can make an impact in her corner of the world.

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