Training Associates

Adaptive Schools & Cognitive Coaching SM


A global community of collaborators, mediators of thinking, inquirers, and leaders committed to providing rich  learning experiences for all participants.

Kathy Schwalbe

Kathy is a lifelong public school educator and advocate living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. She earned her BA in English/Secondary Education at the University of South Carolina and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction at The Citadel. She was an English/ Language Arts teacher for nineteen years at middle and high school levels. She was in the first group of SC educators to achieve NBPTS certification in Early Adolescence English/Language Arts in 1995. In 1999, she left the classroom to serve as a Teacher in Residence and Program Director at the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA). During her time at CERRA, she collaborated with South Carolina educators to create the statewide loan program and incentives for National Board Certification, the guidelines for SC Induction and Mentoring Program, and she led professional learning experiences for teacher leadership development. Her experiences also include serving as a trustee for a local school board for two terms, working with the College of Charleston's School of Education, Health and Human Performance, consulting and collaborating with the University of South Carolina's School of Education and consulting with the Center for Teaching Quality. Once Kathy became an Associate Trainer, she discovered the "thread" that runs through all of her work with educators. She has delivered the seminars and support for coaches, administrators and teachers for almost nineteen years. She continues to learn and grow as she uses Cognitive Coaching skills and behaviors to support veteran and beginning educators. Kathy is married and has two daughters - both educators - and four grandchildren. Kathy and her husband enjoy being on the water, fishing, reading and playing with their dogs, Eddy and Annabelle.


Edisto Island, SC, USA