Meet the Instructors

Soleil Boyd

Soleil Boyd is the director of professional development and coaching at Cultivate Learning. She directs the Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching and teaches Early Childhood and Family Studies courses at the University of Washington, where she completed her doctoral degree in education. Boyd started her early childhood education career as a preschool teacher assistant before becoming a preschool lead teacher, program supervisor, early learning coach and product developer. 

Her research addresses caregivers' beliefs and practices related to early mathematics learning and the design of professional development that promotes reflection and practice and supports young children's engagement in learning. Her professional work includes directing coach support in Washington state's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), directing coach support for Early Achievers and implementing professional development for educators and coaches in and beyond Washington state.