Renee Llanes

Lead Instructional Coach

Center on Research and Evaluation

Renee Llanes


M.Ed., Southern Methodist University


Expressway Tower
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400
Dallas 75206
Box 511


An educator of 20 years, Renee Llanes has served as a teacher, interventionist, researcher and instructional coach. Renee obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. In 2018, she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. During her time at SMU, Renee worked as a reading interventionist on Project Voyager Passport: Exploring Response to Intervention with a focus on students receiving Tier 3 and Special Education for Reading Disabilities. This project, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, aimed to identify and examine a key set of variables that were associated with outcomes for students in Tier 3 or in special education with reading disabilities.

Additionally, she was part of a team of researchers funded by the National Institute of Health seeking to examine a reading intervention for fourth grade students with reading disabilities that integrated the psychosocial component of mindset with the academic component of reading.

In her most recent position as an instructional coach, she utilized coaching models to develop teacher capacity, designed, facilitated, and lead professional learning for teachers, administrators, and district partners. In addition to being a certified EC-4 classroom teacher, she is a certified PreK-3 Teachstone CLASS observer and has successfully completed Results Coaching Global program levels I and II.

Renee recently joined the Center on Research and Evaluation at Southern Methodist University. In her work for CORE, she serves as the lead instructional coach for the Active Playful Learning (APL) Research Study.