Through one‐on‐one, on‐site technical assistance, enrichment coaches work with frontline staff and other program leaders to implement best practices so that the enrichment offerings in the OST programs are more intentional learning opportunities.

What the Coaches Offer

The coaches can help in a number of ways to create self-sustaining quality practices in programs. Programs are encouraged to focus on what services are best for their site(s) according to needs identified by the Evaluation Framework. Program goals for their work with an enrichment coach focus on a single service or up to three.  


  • Frontline staff training

  • Parent involvement

  • Lesson plan development

  • Scheduling assistance

  • Theme-based planning

  • Social and emotional learning

  • STEM

  • Observation and observation feedback

  • Literacy

  • Evaluation

The Central Iowa OST Enrichment Coaches

The three Central Iowa OST Enrichment Coaches are highly qualified individuals with backgrounds in youth development, education, and leadership.


Dau Jok is an educator, non-profit director, and officer in the United States Army Reserve. He uses his experiences to excel in training staff on emotional intelligence, teambuilding, and leadership. Dau holds a Master’s of Science in Global Leadership and is currently finishing a PhD in Education from Drake University. 


Mallory has extensive experience as a frontline leader in afterschool programs and has a keen sense for what makes kids tick. With a Master's of Public Administration, Mallory is also knowledgeable of program and organizational operations.



Theresa is one of our most highly experienced coaches  with a Master’s in Business Leadership/Management, a Secondary Education Teaching Certification, and over 20 years working in various learning environments ranging from the juvenile justice system to classroom teacher and everything in between.


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