Calcote Consulting

Education Consultant and Diagnostician

Kari Calcote is an educational consultant who specializes in special education support and services. She has over 14 years experience in classroom instruction/support, diagnostics and administration.

My why

At my first Region 15 Special Ed Directors retreat in Fredericksburg, we were asked what we would do for a career if we knew money would never be a problem. At the time, I said I’d continue to be a Special Ed Director. I hadn’t been doing it very long, just a few months, but I was sure that I was genuinely going to enjoy my new job. I’m passionate about assisting teachers, helping them get the support and resources they need while working with them to figure out what to do for complicated student situations.

But I quickly realized what I loved was a very, very small part of my job as a Special Ed Director. So, a year later, I found myself again thinking, if I could do anything, what would it be? Like all type-A personalities do when faced with a life-changing question… I decided to make a list. I wrote down everything I loved about working in education. The things that I wake up in the morning excited to go do because it’s a part of my heart. My pros list. Then I wrote all the things I dislike about education. All the things that I put off to the last minute because I didn’t want to do them. The accountability reports, grants, and budgets. My cons list.

My pro’s list was the beginning of Calcote Consulting. God has put a desire in my heart to support those who have made the commitment to educate our youth. That’s my passion. Through Calcote Consulting, I want to provide resources and support, as well as motivation and inspiration. Join me on my journey to serve God through serving others.

About Me

I started my education career in 2007, teaching HS special education for a small school in the panhandle of Texas. As the only high school sped teacher, I ran the resource classes, content mastery abs provided inclusion support. As an alt-certified teacher, I had a lot to learn. But the district I worked for was proactive and hired a special Ed coach to help me throughout my first year.

When I left this district to move closer to home, I worked at a middle school in a 5A district. The shift from small/rural to large schools was drastic. I went from being a "jack of all trades" to teaching one subject and one grade level. While I thought this would make it easier, I quickly realized that large districts have their own set of issues. More students meant a greater demand, and sometimes there were no more resources than available in the smaller district.

After a year of teaching 6th-grade resource ELA, I was asked to move to a behavior specialist position. In this position, I was split funded and worked with sped abs Gen Ed students who were regularly frequented ISS and DAEP. I established a check in-check out system for these students, developed a method for collecting behavior data, and successfully reduced the number of office referrals for 60% of the students I worked with. However, the spring of 2011 brought with it cuts to sped funding. The district I worked for went through a RIFT. As a result, all sped teachers who had been with the district for less than 3 years were cut. At the time, I was a few months away from completing my master's degree in educational diagnostics, so I took this as an opportunity to move to work as a diagnostician.

Motivational Sessions

Are your teachers struggling with the changes to education? Education has changed more over the last three years than the previous 30....

Coaching

Do you have a new or alt-certified special Ed teacher on your staff? There is a lot for new sped staff to learn, and not completing ....

Classroom Management

As a special ed teacher, Kari emphasized the importance of a positive classroom culture. Setting, teaching and modeling routines....

Professional Develop0ment

Kari has been presenting to educators on a wide range of topics from special Ed to curriculum development. Below are the most ...

prayerful planning

Prayerful Planning: An Inspirational Planning Resource for Educators

This six-week inspirational planning guide for educators is a resource for faith and practice that includes strategies and tips grounded in educational research to help teachers monitor and support students, and includes weekly self-care ideas, devotionals, and inspirational Scriptures.

Prayerful Planning

Every six weeks, you’ll find a list of things that often get left off the typical school to-do list. These are reminders of things that will make your job easier and help your students be more successful. But you also find tips for self-care because if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we can’t take care of those around us. Along with these checklists, there are scriptures to help keep you motivated and my prayers for you during the school year. I encourage you to write your prayers and blessings throughout the school year. God showers us with gifts every day. Sometimes we just have to pause to count those blessings.
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Kari provides planning guides for teachers with resources and prayers to support educators throughout the school year. Kari encourages teachers to organize their class and data in order to provide the best support for all children while shining God’s love on each student they work with.

Prayerful Planning: An Inspirational Planning Resource for Educators

This six-week inspirational planning guide for educators is a resource for faith and practice that includes strategies and tips grounded in educational research to help teachers monitor and support students, and includes weekly self-care ideas, devotionals, and inspirational Scriptures.