Brent began his career in education in 1996, teaching 4th and 5th grade for 15 years before transitioning into administration. For nine years he served as the principal of Alta Murrieta Elementary in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, and in 2022 he moved into the role of Coordinator of Elementary Education, supporting staff and families in all 11 elementary schools in his district.
Passionate about educational technology, Brent is always on the lookout for new ways tech can engage students and families while increasing student achievement. While in the classroom, he used math review videos and iPod flash cards to promote 24/7 learning, and his students shared their learning with the world through their daily blog and classroom podcast.
Now in an administrative role, Brent strives to help educators improve their practice by leveraging the power of relationships, technology integration, and strong pedagogy. He loves sharing what he has learned through Twitter (@brentcoley), his blog, his "Teaching Tales" podcast, and speaking engagements.
In 2019, Brent became a published author, releasing Stories of EduInfluence: 10 Life-Changing Powers to Unleash in Your School with EduMatch Publishing. Described by one reader as "Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul," each chapter contains personal stories from more than two decades in the classroom and front office, stories illustrating the life-changing power all educators possess.
In 2022, he self-published his children's book The Gift, an illustrated tale for ages 8 and up filled with adventure, courage, hope, and a reminder that good things come to those who persevere.
When not working, Brent loves spending time with his wife and two adult children. He also enjoys reading and playing golf.