I began teaching in 1998 and found my passion in Literacy. Over the years, I have been an Upper Elementary Literacy Specialist, Upper Elementary Literacy Coach, and classroom teacher. I love to work closely with teachers in implementation of best practices in Literacy, including Guided Reading, Vocabulary Development, Digging Deeper in Utilizing Student Data, and Focusing on Comprehension. I blog about all things literacy at http://hellomrssykes.blogspot.com
I am particularly passionate about developing the vocabulary of all learners, which sets the stage for future successes!
NBCT, 2010 (Early-Middle Childhood Literacy)
I was supported and cared for by some exceptional teachers over the years, and I knew I wanted to make that difference for others. If it weren't for my first teachers (my parents!) I would not have graduated from High School on time! I was ready to toss in the towel after my attempts to learn world history, but they believed in me, and for that, I am forever grateful!
I love learning and teaching with others.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Basic Principles, Foreign Language, Spanish, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, The New Year, Martin Luther King Day, Spring, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Handwriting, For Administrators, Phonics