One of the most important ways to build caring and productive teacher-coach relationships is by really taking the time to get to know your coaching clients as people first. Find out as much as you can about what they like, what they are interested in, their family life and what inspires and motivates them in their professional life. The more you know, the more you can connect with each person on a personal level. Everyone likes to feel valued and respected and actions certainly speak louder than words. If you understand the teacher’s strengths, goals, hopes and dreams, you will be able to use your knowledge to provide support and encouragement on a regular basis. For example, when you see a teacher’s energy waning on an especially tough day, drop a favorite candy or snack on their desk with a note saying something like, “Here’s a pick me up to pick up your day.” If they are a cat-person, send them a funny meme in an email to make them laugh. If sports are their thing, notice when their favorite team has a good win and let them know you are celebrating with them in an email or text. Let teachers know that you are there for support – not evaluation or to be a pipeline to the school administrators. The more you can show that you will do what you say you will do, and treat your clients with honesty, integrity and respect, the more you will be able to deepen your relationships as well as your effectiveness as a school coach.