If you are an instructional coach, joining your school’s professional learning community (PLC) of teachers can be somewhat daunting. When I joined a teacher PLC this year, I worried that many in the group saw me as an evaluator. Perhaps they thought I was there to catch them slipping up—I’d heard through our school’s grapevine that the group was anxious to make a good impression. I hated the uncomfortable effect my presence had on the group even before our first meeting. I wanted them to know that I had their backs.