Teaching can often feel like something we do in private. We teach behind closed doors, not knowing what is happening in the classroom next door or down the hall. This element of mystery can lead us to feel as if we are the only struggling teacher in our school. In this culture, asking for help is taboo or worse, a sure sign that you are inexperienced or incapable (a belief that is validated when schools only assign coaches to new teachers or those needing immediate improvement). If a teacher, at any stage of their career, fears that asking for help will make them look incapable, then school culture is the barrier to coaching.