Lois Wendus has over thirty years of experience in education as a Special Education teacher, reading teacher, and Literacy Coach. She holds a Master of Science in Special Education/Administration, with a Sixth Year in reading. In her role as Literacy Coach, Lois managed school-wide data-management, assessment, and curriculum initiatives, while also teaching literacy skills to students in one-on-one and group settings. Additionally, Lois has many years of experience teaching self-contained Special Education classes on the elementary, middle, and high-school levels. She also taught a Special Education class on the preschool level in summer school for many years. Lois teaches reading and literacy skills privately through her tutoring business Leaps in Learning, LLC (leapsinlearning.com). She is also the illustrator of the new children's series, The Adventures of Oliver Poons, written by her daughter, Lauryn Alyssa Wendus. Lois authored the Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat: Worksheets and Activities for Pre-K through Grade 2 book to align with the Pre-K through Grade 2 Language Arts Common Core. See oliverpoons.com for more information.
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Teacher of the Year, 2006, Woodland School, East Hartford, CT
-Eastern Connecticut State University, Sixth Year in Reading -Central Connecticut State University, Master of Science in Special Education/Administration -Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science in Special Education Certifications: 065 Comprehensive Special Education: Pre-K – 12 013 Elementary: Kindergarten – Grade 6 102 Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts: Grades 1 – 12 Professional Development: Lois has been trained in and have also presented the following professional development topics: • Common Core State Standards • Unwrapping Standards, Center for Leadership and Learning • Powering and Vertically Aligning Standards • Effective Teaching Strategies, Center for Leadership and Learning • Data-Driven Decision-Making • Formatting Assessment, Center for Leadership and Learning • State Department of Education Literacy Modules • Classroom Walkthrough Training • Empowering Writers Training • DRA 2 Training • Early Intervention Project Training • John Collins’ Writing Across the Disciplines and Ten Percent Summary • Project-Based Learning • SRBI Training • Phonics Instruction for Struggling Readers Lois has participated and been trained in the following courses: • Read 180 • SmartBoard Training • Lexia Reading • FASTT MATH • Benchmark Materials Training
Remediating students’ reading and learning needs has always been a passion for Lois. She found her calling for becoming a teacher when volunteering with a special needs summer camp while she was still in high school, and has enjoyed every opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life since. She has become known for her ability to bring students back to grade level in reading and writing.