I am a reading specialist with 22 years of experience. I have worked with small group guided reading intervention and as a reading coach to the teachers in my building for the past ten years as well as ten years in the regular classroom teaching grades 1,4 and 5,and one year as a Technology Specialist.
Because my primary responsibility has been reading intervention with struggling readers, my instructional methods are based upon the individual needs of the students in my groups. I believe that scaffolded instruction targetting student deficits with quality instructional materials provides students with the modeling, support, motivation, and skills necessary for independence and reading growth. It's important to me that my students become lovers of reading, so book selection and activities are critical in my planning. By making careful choices with our materials and instructional activites, I believe we can help our students grow as readers into adulthood.
In the past three years, I've received two educational grants totalling four thousand dollars to build a leveled library and lending room for literacy workstations. With these funds combined with Title 1 reading funding, we've been able to add nearly 3000 books to our tradebook library.
I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia.
My favorite authors include Jan Brett, Mem Fox, Kevin Henkes, Eric Carle, Robert Munch, Beverly Cleary, Cynthia Rylant, Gary Paulsen, Pam Munoz-Ryan, and Kate DiCamillo. Being a reading teacher is great fun because we have such talented authors creating wonderful stories to capture our children's imaginations.