Alicia Sullivan is a teacher and coach, passionate about elevating the profession. Alicia believes in celebrating and supporting teachers because student learning is no accident! Over her 15 years in public education, Alicia has worked with and coached the most dedicated and skilled teachers in the field. In her many roles, Alicia has learned and grown as teacher. She writes about issues of practice facing all teachers, especially those that impact student learning. Alicia is particularly interested in strategies that improve student engagement and access to curriculum. As a coach, Alicia is able to use data to recognize and qualify the impact of such strategies. Alicia loves working with teachers to improve student engagement and motivation, and has found that many techniques and strategies work across K-12 classrooms, regardless of content area. One of Alicia’s most powerful realizations along her journey in education, has been that “good teaching is good teaching.” She strives to help teachers put these engaging, good teaching practices into action in their classrooms.
Alicia attributes much of her professional growth and impact as a classroom teacher to her work with her teaching partner and dear friend, Buddy Comet. Over ten years, and in a variety of arrangements, Alicia Sullivan and Buddy Comet experimented with co-teaching strategies and techniques. Regular reflection as a partnership, with students, and with the families they served was the backbone of their work. With a focus on social justice and equitable access to curriculum for all students, the two took their work to classrooms across their state and later nationally, with their Professional Development course, Making the Most of the 2-Teacher Classroom.
Alicia believes that student learning is no accident, and we need to support teachers in the amazing work they do for their students every day.