New Librarian and Instructional Coach
By: Addie Fay
Doniphan-Trumbull welcomes a new face to the hallways this year. Mrs. Katie Mogilefsky takes over the job as high school librarian and instructional coach. She will work half-time as the librarian, and half-time as an instructional coach.
As an instructional coach, she will get to work alongside and support teachers here at DT. An instructional coach works with teachers to set goals for instructional practice. She can help teachers co-teach or work out new teaching ideas. Research shows that teachers often leave the profession within the first five years due to lack of support, so Mogilefsky’s goal is to support and help the teachers at DT in any way possible. Another way she will help as an instructional coach is by providing extra support and mentorship to new teachers at DT, as well as teachers brand new to the classroom.
“Mrs. Mogilefsky has already been in classrooms and has supported teachers! I want to be able to help every single teacher, but my time is often taken with all of the managerial parts of the principalship,” says secondary principal and former instructional coach, Mrs. Michaela Goracke.
This year will be Mogilefsky’s sixth year of teaching. Before coming to Doniphan-Trumbull, she taught 3rd grade at Watson Elementary in Hastings, as well as Engleman Elementary in Grand Island.
When the position opened up at DT, she knew she had to take it because of the community’s support and traditions within the school. She’s been involved with the community through her husband, Mr. Tyler Mogilefsky, who is the Athletic Director. Her children, kindergartener Carter and Tate, who is in 3-year-old preschool, also attend school here, making the move to DT a no-brainer for Mogilefsky.
“I knew this was where I wanted to be, to have the opportunity to be part of the community myself!” Mogilefsky says.
Prior to teaching, she attended Hastings College where she majored in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Mogilefsky is currently finishing her masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
“I'm very excited to be part of DT and love that I get the opportunity to not only support teachers, but interact with students K-12,” says Mogilefsky.