New literacy coach Marie Wilber has high goals

George Licklider, Cassidy Semko, Staff Writers – Lecanto High School [LHS] welcomed Marie Wilber as the new literacy coach at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Being a literacy coach is a fairly obscure job to many, but it is essential to keep a school’s teachers and students performing at their best.

Wilber makes sure both teachers and students have all the tools necessary to succeed (Photo: Semko).

Wilber makes sure both teachers and students have all the tools necessary to succeed (Photo: Semko).

“As a literacy coach, my job is to coach and support teachers through co-learning, co-teaching, lesson study, and action research to solve problems,” said Wilber.

Being in a supportive position, her daily schedule is based on both teacher and student needs.

“My days consists of working with students, collaborating with teachers, teaching demo lessons, preparing training sessions, and conducting book studies and Socratic Seminars while providing data analysis for teachers and students,” said Wilber.

Wilber was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is not only a literacy coach but also a loving wife and mother of three children. She studied at the University of South Florida, where she received her bachelors and masters degrees. Although Wilber was born in Michigan, she has spent most of her life in Florida, teaching here for 25 years. Throughout those years, she has taught in an assortment of counties starting with Pinellas County, moving to Levy, and finally finding her home in Citrus County.

Stepping into her new position, Wilber has big plans.

“My goals for the future of the school are to help raise achievement scores and help student achieve success with grades, EOC scores, FSA scores, and improve overall academic abilities,” said Wilber.

Despite all the hours of hard work, these responsibilities leave a smile on her face.

“I love my job; it is my passion to help people both teachers and students,” said Wilber.