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Teacher Feature: Kara Colburn


Trist Middle School Teacher Feature: Kara Colburn, Instructional Coach

Today is #TeacherFeatureWednesday, and the St. Bernard Parish School Board would like to salute Kara Colburn at Trist Middle School who is not a teacher but a teacher coach. Kara Colburn is the Instructional Coach at N. P. Trist Middle School.  She is highly qualified as a Reading Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Leadership and holds a National Board Certification in ELA.  She spends a great deal of time in classrooms supporting teachers in their efforts at constant growth.  She is involved in the school community in many ways and is dedicated to the Trist Pirates.  Ms. Colburn is the sponsor of the Trist Builder’s Club and Terrific Teens.  She is also the chairperson of the Student of the Year Selection Committee at Trist, serves on the school’s Leadership Team, and works closely with our 8th graders to prepare them for the end of middle school and the beginning of high school success.

“Ms. Colburn is a huge asset to our school! She is extremely knowledgeable about our curriculum in all areas and knows our students well.  She is an advocate for the children in our community and a supporter of our teachers.  She is always willing to learn new things and to help out in any way possible.  She has a large part in the success that our school has experienced!”

 - Denise Pritchard, Principal


"Kara wears many hats on a daily basis here at Trist. But when it comes to our Reading Intervention program, she is the heart of it. She aids us as Reading Intervention teachers with her experience and knowledge as a Reading specialist. Her way with our students is very unique and special. She expects a lot from them, and knows how to lay down the rules, but also always takes the time to really get to know each student and their strengths and weaknesses. Kara is great at what she does here at Trist, and I'm happy to work with her."

-Kristi Nunez, Interventionist and Parent