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Mr. Marlatt, M. Ed.
RTI Instructional Coach at Stewarts Creek High School

Welcome to Stewarts Creek High School!  My name is Matt Marlatt and I am the RTI2 Instructional Coach for our school.  I have taught for 22 years in Rutherford County and have taught grades 7-11.  As the SCHS instructional coach, I serve as a facilitator and coach, working and communicating on an ongoing basis with our school leadership team, Academic Team Leads, and, of course, teachers! In this role, you may find me serving in the following capacities:


Instructional Coach for New and Experienced Teachers:

  • Learning Facilitator: design and prepare professional development, as needed.
  • Collaborative Teacher:  work to aid and assist instruction through planning, modeling, joint designing, implementing, and reflecting – seeking out new opportunities for learning.
  • Resources Hub: provide a variety of resources to/for teachers.
  • Classroom Supporter: increase the quality and efficacy of classroom instruction.
  • Curriculum/Instruction Mentor:  ensure implementation of curriculum and alignment of standards instruction.


  • Work collaboratively with the SCHS administrators and leadership team to assess, plan, and assist in SCHS instructional mentoring for teachers. 

RTI2 Coach for SCHS:

  • Ensure that student achievement data is current and utilized to inform and guide decisions used by intervention teachers and academic teams – schoolwide.


Once again, I am extremely excited to have the chance to work with all of our teachers!  My office is in on the 2nd floor – midway down the Orange Hall.  I am looking forward to collaborating and working with all of you in the upcoming school year.  


Schedule an Appointment: Teachers




Coaching Calendar:
  • August 2nd: Freshman Orientation
  • August 3rd: Admin/Leadership Chats 8:30-9:40
  • August 6th: Abbreviated (2 hour) Day - Students 
    • Interventionists Meeting @ CO 12:30-3:30
  • August 8th: 1st FULL day of School - students
  • August 9th:  Leadership Team Meeting 8:15
    • Virtual Training - easyCBM 9:00
  • August 27: Monthly Monday's with Marlatt (Classroom Management/Procedures)
  • September 24thMonthly Monday's with Marlatt (Fostering Relationships: Being a Champion for Students)
  • October 29th:  Monthly Monday's with Marlatt (Evaluations and Professionalism)
  • November 26th:  Monthly Monday's with Marlatt (Student Engagement)
  • December 17th:  Monthly Monday's with Marlatt (Semester 1 Debrief:Coffee and Cocoa)

Recent Posts

Teaching OUTLOUD 9/10


Each and every one of you brings a worth and value in the role you have here at SCHS.  We teach at an amazing school.  The best teachers know that if a school has great teachers, it is a great school.  Every one of you play a part in the greatness of what is Stewarts Creek High School.  So your talent, your abilities, make you valuable to the CREEK.  We also have amazing programming at our school – but it isn’t about the program – it’s about the people.  The people at our school determine the quality of our school.  

Question:  How do you make a school great? 

Answer:  You assemble the BEST teachers and continue to learn about being the BEST teacher for students.

We have within us the power to make our school even better than we can imagine.   You – are important.  You – play an important part in our success story.  You – bring a value and worth to the learning success of our students at SCHS. 

Strive to be the best.  Never settle.  Yearn to know more.  Effective educators know that we should focus on people.  What matters is not what you do, but how appropriately and effectively you do it. 


What’s working well in your classroom?  What’s not working so well in your classroom.  Are you in need of some instructional change? 

The first step is the hardestWe must be willing to recognize the need to improve instructionally and grow our human capital.  Then, reach out to those BEST teachers and let them help to grow your powerful human capital! 

Have a fantastic Monday, Redhawks!

Teaching OUTLOUD 9/4

     Bellwork/Bellringers are questions or tasks posted before students enter the classroom. They are to be completed before class starts, or, as the name suggests, as the bell rings. Often, these tasks or questions take between 5-10 minutes. Despite potentially having an elementary connotation, bell ringers provide benefits to the student and the teacher in a high school classroom.
     Studies have shown that adolescents perform better in routine; so, establishing regular routines eases their transitions throughout the school day. The regular use of bellwork/ringers in each class is one example of a procedure used to support daily routine. Bellwork/ringers prime the student's mind for learning - being reminded to think about class content (before the class even starts) pushes everything else to the back of a student's mind. For example, when a student enters her history class expecting to begin working on a bell ringer, her frame of mind is already practiced and focused on the learning that will occur for that subject. Furthermore, bellwork/ringers allow students to ask questions and interact with the teacher before the lesson begins - getting their missed work, etc. Overall, bell ringers provide students the opportunity to get settled in to the class and mentally prepare to receive new instruction.
     Teachers have a wide variety of teacher tasks to complete each period before getting into the daily lesson. Using this strategy gives the students something constructive to be working on while the teacher completes necessary tasks, like attendance, performing supervisory duties in the hallway, and reorganizing materials used by the previous group of students. Bellwork/ringers also give teachers the time to interact and build upon student relationships.
     When good bellwork/ringers go badly:
• When teachers don’t value the importance of this transition time (or the teacher takes too much time on the bellwork/ringer).
• When teachers are scrambling for content.
• When students cannot relate or connect to the content.
• When the students don’t have a regular procedure for the practice of bellwork.
• When teachers don’t have a planned procedure for bellwork.
     Remember that effective teachers teach from bell to bell – utilizing every moment of their instruction to reach their students. Think of your class period as a healthy sprint for learning. Any down time eats away at your student engagement. So, be intentional with your bellwork time – capitalize on what it can bring to your instruction – and remember to respect the quick, mind-setting time that the bellwork affords you and the students.

Teaching OUTLOUD 8/16

Just an amazing week of visiting teachers in their classrooms and seeing them work their magic.  I have had the pleasure of watching teachers work with students in a variety of areas: history, math, CTE, English, World Languages, PE.  And, here is what I have found - SCHS teachers are amazing.  From working with students that need more one on one for history and science lessons - all the way up to the advanced honors classes learning Point Slope Formulas and discussing the complexities of what might our world look like in a dystopian nuclear environment.  When we raise the bar - the students meet up where the expectations are.  #GORedHawks

Teaching OUTLOUD 8/10

Whenever you are asked to come visit a teacher's classroom, you graciously accept their invitation.  Today, I was invited to Mr. Agee's American History class and was simply blown away.  Students were presented with artifacts made and collected by Agee and he seamlessly wove them into a "show and tell" style seminar for the students.  Keeping in mind the importance of setting the expectations for class and keeping this high for the students, Mr. Agee conveyed to the students the acceptable expectations for student behavior throughout the lesson.  Remarkable job, Mr. Agee!  

Teaching OUTLOUD 8/9

It's always a joy to sit down with teachers at THE CREEK!  Today I had a chance to chat with our own Mrs. Nichols, Ms. Zhou, The World History/Geography Team, and Mr. Shind.  The 9th grade English students will be diving into Argumentation soon, and Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Bullard are planning to BRING it - get ready 9th graders!  Ms. Zhou shared with me an amazing idea for how she was working on establishing classroom community in these very important formative days with her students.  World History/Geography teachers are working at new ways to engage students with previewing and first readings of their history texts(keeping the assessment piece in mind, all the while)!  Mr. Shind spent some time looking into new ways to connect with his students through a classroom management online platform.  Keep up the great work, RedHawks!