Consultant, Teacher Trainer, Mentor, Author, Program Director
Grace Dearborn taught for over a decade in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to being a veteran classroom teacher at multiple grade levels, Grace has also worked as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) Coordinator, PD Coordinator, Literacy Coach, Curriculum Specialist, Mentor Teacher, and Master Instructional Coach
Grace has written powerful curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that has gained major notoriety. She authored a year-long literacy intervention social studies course in an Oakland, CA high school that resulted in a dramatic increase in state test scores, raising the school’s overall state score by 70 points over two years. She also wrote and taught integrated 10th and 11th grade Humanities curriculums that were highlighted as models in her school’s accreditation review report. Most recently, Grace collaborated on the 5th grade curriculum for a charter school in Richmond, CA.
Currently Grace facilitates workshops for Conscious Teaching on classroom management and brain compatible motivation and engagement. She also trains instructional coaches and mentor teachers across the country, helping them improve their effectiveness working with new and struggling teachers. And she works with new teachers to help them improve their classroom structures and instructional design.
Grace is the co-author of “Picture This!” a book for K-12 teachers on using visuals to teach and reinforce classroom routines, procedures, and appropriate behaviors. And she is the mother of two boys, who daily put her skills as a behavior specialist to their truest test.
“Fantastic! Practical! Fun! I can tell [Grace] must have been a phenomenal teacher!”
Connie T., Mentor Teacher, Chicago IL
“Grace Dearborn is the best presenter I have ever seen! She kept us smiling and laughing and she inspired me to enter my room on Monday and teach with love, calm, and compassion.” Laura M., Teacher, Charlottesville VA
“Having doubts about Grace Dearborn? Let me put them to rest. Grace did a phenomenal workshop on student engagement with my staff. Their feedback has been 100% positive. It was hard to imagine that anyone could be as good as Rick (Smith), but Grace made a believer out of me. In fact we liked her so much, we’ve invited her back for two more days!”
Ilka O., Principal, Omaha NE