I work primarily with students and teachers in grades K-2 to support literacy learning. I read and write with students and support them as they develop their skills in the classroom and in small groups. I work with teachers on assessments, planning, gathering resources, and monitoring student progress. I co-chair the Literacy Committee, which provides and promotes literacy events such as the Summer Reading Challenge, Read Across America Week, and Reading Carnival.
I graduated from tiny Kalamazoo College with a BA in economics and worked as an economist for five years before going back to school to become a teacher. I graduated from Marymount University with a MEd in elementary education and taught grades 3-6 in Fairfax County. After taking some time off when my son and daughter were born, I went back to school (again!) and earned an EdS in reading education from the University of Virginia. I’ve worked in APS since 2010 and at ATS since 2012.
You know that saying, “Do what you love.” Well, as a reading specialist, I get to do what I love every day. I love to read, whether it’s reading decodable books with Kindergarteners or stories with older students, reading to learn about a new DIY project at home, or reading a novel by a favorite author. I enjoy traveling, eating ice cream and spending time with my family, especially when I can do all three at the same time. I also really enjoy doing projects inside and outside of my home and taking long walks.
One of my favorite authors, Sharon Creech, is one I was introduced to when I was teaching 5th grade many years ago. Her best-known book, Walk Two Moons, is about a girl named Sal and the journey she takes with her grandparents across country to follow her mother. The story has happy moments, funny ones, and sad ones too. I love this author’s work because she creates such memorable and realistic characters and she does a great job of grabbing your attention and taking you along for the ride. Many of her books’ main characters are faced with tough situations, and I appreciate how the author allows us to see each one discover the strength they have inside of them.