Open Books Open Doors

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Open Books Open Doors
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The greatest gift is a passion for reading. (Elizabeth Hardwick)
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This is a song I wrote and recorded. It's based on the book Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner. SPOILER ALERT!!! The song mentions key parts of the story, including the end of the dogsled race. Many of my teacher friends have used the Stone
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This is a song based on Donald Crews' Shortcut. It follows the sequence of the story line and builds suspense similar to the story. Other teachers have used this for multiple purposes in the reading and writing workshops such as for an extension
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This song celebrates reading and features the names of some popular book characters. More than that, it is a great resource to use for fluency practice. Or, if you're working on syllables, each line of each verse follows a pattern of one, two,
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These are lyrics to a song I wrote about John Reynolds Gardiner's great story, Stone Fox. I've been using the song with my at-risk reading students for years. I've shared it with other teachers who have used it during reading workshops, writing
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The Flip Flop Freddy series is designed for struggling readers, reluctant readers, or readers who have trouble choosing what to read. This free story is part of a three-story Flip Flop Freddy comprehension package currently for sale at my TPT store.
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The Flip Flop Freddy story series is designed to help struggling readers, reluctant readers, and readers with short attention spans. These short stories are structured in a way that requires readers to pay close attention to text and to make
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These lyrics accompany the song that is available at my TPT store, OPEN BOOKS OPEN DOORS. It's based on Donald Crews' wonderful book of the same name. Teachers have used this song for sequencing, character analysis, fluency practice, comparing and
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This PowerPoint presentation includes 118 quotations on reading attributed to people from Maya Angelou to Abraham Lincoln to Mick Foley to Cicero to Confucius. It was designed to generate classroom conversation perhaps as a warm-up activity or as a
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My experience includes fourteen years as a highly qualified, certified elementary school reading teacher and one year as a middle-school literacy coach.


My teaching style starts with truly getting to know my students and ends with students knowing much, much more about themselves as readers, writers, and thinkers. Getting there involves identifying student strengths and deficiencies and using the former to overcome the latter. It involves careful text selection in order to maximize instructional gains. It involves regular writing in response to reading. Ultimately, it involves developing a curiosity, and in some cases, a passion for reading a broad range of texts.


I was selected as teacher of the year at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School during the 2007-2008 school year. I was nominated on multiple occasions for teacher of the year honors. I was so inspired by the learning environment at Efland-Cheeks Elementary School that I wrote the school song that captured and promoted the lively spirit of the students. Subsequently, the song was recorded and played regularly during daily announcements and for other special events.


I earned a MEd. from North Carolina State University with a Literacy emphasis. I earned a BA in Communication from The State University of New York at Oswego. I earned an AAS in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Herkimer County Community College, NY.


I am a children's book author. I write songs, play guitar, and periodically perform in public. I have been a traveling artist-in-residence at elementary schools, teaching young students to write and perform songs about books. I wrote and performed a series of songs based on The Toy Farmer, a picture book written by Andrew Pelletier for a second-grade musical.

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