I am a life-long educator and learner who is deeply passionate about literacy and best educational practice in the classroom.
I am a natural connector, relator and developer. I bring my energy, personality and strong communication skills into the heart of all my training and coaching sessions. My goal is to provide high quality, professional development that is engaging, forward thinking and relatable to the present needs of 21st century learners and educators.
My work is based upon current pedagogy and the implementation of best practice. My focus is to have immediate and direct impact on the teachers I train, the classrooms I work inside and the students I touch. It is this impact that transfers into sustained growth, achievement and life-long love of learning!
- Undergraduate degree in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Missouri
- Masters degree as a Reading Specialist from Webster University
- Reading Recovery teacher Northern Illinois cohort.
- 15 years public school teaching in Northern Illinois and Kirkwood, Missouri
- Classroom experience: 7 years K-2
- Reading Specialist & Reading Recovery: 6 years
- Instructional Coach: 2 years
- Adjunct Professor – Maryville University: Supervisor to students (elementary, middle and practicum), Literacy Interventions for the SLP
- 2 years part-time in the Metro St. Louis area
- 4 years full time in the Metro St. Louis area
Designing work to meet the specific needs of clients to instill the greatest impact on students, staff and outcomes. Providing high quality, professional development that is engaging, forward thinking and relatable to the present needs of 21st century learners and educators.
Training with Intention, Integrity and Personal Touch
Passionate about Literacy
Life-long Love of Learning
What Clients are Saying…
The Principia Lower School is on its fifth year partnering with Jean Ducey. Jean has grown the capacity of each teacher on our faculty, and she is a trusted colleague, mentor, and friend to all teachers. Jean flexibly coaches teachers in large group, small group, and individual sessions. She also led a parent workshop on campus that had glowing feedback. Jean’s communication skills, ability to relate to teachers at any stage in their career and knowledge, and her immense literacy knowledge are the perfect match for any school who yearns to grow in literacy.
Jean Ducey is passionate about student and teacher learning, knowledgeable about best practices in literacy, prompt in her response time, and always willing to talk through ideas. Jean's expertise, professionalism, and ability to adapt to meet the needs of any group make her professional development a great professional learning experience for teachers.
Jean was hired to train our district literacy interventionists, and she was phenomenal. Jean met with me prior to the trainings, and thoughtfully planned how to meet the needs of my team. Her professional development was differentiated, engaging, and focused on student achievement. I feel confident that teacher practice will change because of the pd that she lead. I cannot wait to have her back this year!
I brought Jean in to work with my teachers this year and we already want her back! She is engaging, motivating and pushes the thinking of ALL participants. She customizes her work with schools and does an amazing job at scaling the impact to meet the needs of diverse groups.
Jean is life-long learner, who expects the same of those around her. She works diligently to build relationships with her colleagues and nudges them to look at things from a different perspective. Jean uses her incredible professional background to support others and add depth to their own toolbox. She is an effective communicator and is always advocating on behalf of kids.
We brought Jean into CCLS to help our teachers begin the transition into the Reading and Writing Workshop model. Jean not only developed a morning for us that addressed our questions and concerns, she also challenged many of us to reach out of our comfort zones. Our teachers were engaged and involved throughout and were able to immediately incorporate some ideas into their daily literacy instruction. Her professionalism, knowledge, expertise and time with us was invaluable. We look forward to working with her in the future!