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Meet the Founder & CEO 

Dr. Takisha Moncrief has served as a teacher, literacy coach, school improvement supervisor, and professional development specialist. She has spent over 25 years in K-12 education serving children and teachers across several states. She specializes in literacy instructional coaching and leadership development. When Dr. Moncrief is not leading school improvement efforts or advocating for equity in education, you can find her near a beach with a book in her hand. Takisha hails from Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Dallas, TX. 

About Us

Committed to Game Changing Results

Step Up Your GAME, led by Dr. Takisha Moncrief, aims to build capacity in instructional leaders and build confidence in learners. We offer literacy and leadership solutions to organizations, districts, schools, teachers, and students. Our mantra is Literacy is Life! The ability to read, write, speak, listen, and inquire is a game changer that impacts the entire trajectory of a person's life. It is imperative that more students

  • Read!

  • Write!

  • Now!

Our sense of urgency and unparalleled coaching assists all-star educators with strategic game plans they can implement immediately. We customize learning opportunities to meet specific literacy goals.

Professional Learning Options include:

  • How to Manage Relationships NOT Behaviors

  • How to Establish Effective Routines

  • How to Building Independent Reading Stamina

  • How to Build Writing Stamina

  • How to Create Student-Led Learning Stations


The Science of Reading Researched-Based Practices

  • Using Orthographic Mapping to Teach High Frequency Words

  • Using Morphology to Teach Vocabulary


We embrace the privilege of changing the game for all learners including Title 1, English Language Learners, Tier 2, and Special Education students. We specialize in coaching teachers toward peak performance through side-by-side demonstration, immediate feedback, and reflective conversations focused on evidence of student learning.

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