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Mentor Coaches

Carol Kesl staff portraitCarol Kesl

I am so excited to continue my position as mentor coach for the Linn-Mar Elementary Schools.

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Iowa State University. I completed my Masters of Education degree from Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

I have taught first grade in the Linn-Mar district for 22 years. I have also taught kindergarten in Vinton, Iowa, totaling 35 years of teaching. During my teaching career I have had the opportunity to have many student teachers in my classroom. It was so exciting to help those ‘soon to be’ new teachers. I now have the opportunity and privilege to mentor the new teachers in our district.

It has been an exciting journey watching and helping the new teachers to learn and grow in their new profession. We have had the opportunity to plan together, teach together and reflect on lessons. We have discussed classroom management, procedures, lesson plans, lesson pacing, and instructional practices. We have discussed and used the important practice of reflection in our teaching and have worked on using powerful feedback with our students. A monthly book club with sharing of ideas is a part of our mentoring program. We continue to work together to reach our highest potential and in turn help the students to reach their highest potential.

‘The mentors in my life, inspire me to fulfill my highest potential.’
Lailah Gifty Akita

If you need to contact me feel free to use email or call me at (319) 892-4850.

Susan Atwater

As a mentor coach I am committed to the task of helping beginning teachers find success and gratification in the teaching profession. Through a well-planned mentor and induction program we will support and assist our new teachers in becoming highly effective educators. An effective teacher will provide a high quality education for our students. Every student deserves to have a confident and well-prepared teacher in front of them everyday. This program will help us reach that goal. Please contact me at (319) 892-4852.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Iowa
  • Teacher Certification, Coe College (K-6 Elementary, 5-12 Health, K-8 Science, 5-8 General Science)
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching, Coe College

Teaching History

  • 2 years, 5th and 6th Grade Multi-subject, Center-Point Urbana CSD
  • 23 years, 7th and 8th Grade Science, Excelsior Middle School, Linn-Mar CSD
  • 15 years, Adjunct Professor, Teacher Education and Student Teacher Supervision, Coe College and Upper Iowa University