I have 25 years of teaching experience, including elementary and middle school special education, elementary education, and as a reading specialist. In my current position as a reading specialist, I teach daily in classrooms grades K-2, and provide intervention to struggling students grades K-5.
I rely heavily on teaching a very systematically developed sequence of skills for both phonology and comprehension, applied in isolation, with contrived text, and in authentic reading experiences. I strive for over-learning with my struggling students so they are able to apply learned skills with automaticity. My students spend a lot of time talking about their thinking in order to develop a conscious awareness of strategy use in reading.
Derry School District Teacher of the Month Derry School District World Changer Award
BS Ed. in both special education and elementary education from Keene State College MS Ed. in both reading and learning disabilities from Rivier College
I'm a mother of two teen-aged boys who have taught me much about how children learn to read.