Reading Recovery/Reading Title 1/ELA Coordinator, grades K-4, Hancock Elementary School, Hancock, NY; twelve years and counting. Reading Recovery Teacher, District 15, Brooklyn, NY, two years. Teacher-PS 261, Brooklyn, NY. 2nd grade, one year. Teacher-PS 183, Manhattan, New York City. Mixed grades 1-2 for six years. 183 was the sister school to Shelley Harwayne's Manhattan New School. I worked under Tanya Kaufman who retired as Deputy Superintendent of Manhattan's Region 9. She remains my most prominent mentor.
Holistic and child-centered, despite Common Core's current top-down model. I work to implement the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model whenever possible: I do; We do; You try; You do; We talk. I search hard for the missing piece that holds many children back from reading on grade level. Sometimes it is the simplest little misconception of what they think reading and writing is, or how they are looking at print, that is blocking them from successful interactions with the English Language Arts. I am intensely observant, and work to provide overwhelmed teachers with supportive insights.
My book collection, "Clownin' 'Round Readers Book Club," was named a Mom's Choice Awards "Distinguished Honoree," a silver medal. Published "Math in the Bath," Simon & Schuster, 1995--the result of using writers' workshop to support math concepts. Christa MacAuliffe Intern at PS 183, Manhattan, New York City.
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA--BA in Communications, CUNY Hunter College, New York, NY--MS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education Bank Street College, New York, NY--Post Master's Literacy Specialization New York University--Reading Recovery Certification
Grew up in Wolcott, New York, a few miles from Lake Ontario, in a big family, the daughter of the town's doctor, where I learned a great deal about compassion and responsibility for others.