As a Reading Specialist I coach and support both teachers and students through their journey of learning all aspects of literacy. I primarily work with grades 3-5 and specifically support with planning and pacing, analyzing assessment data, modeling lessons, and providing interventions. In addition, 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 the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC with a BS in marketing and worked as a sales representative for Coty, Inc. before going back to school to become a teacher. I earned a teaching license from National University and taught middle school in San Diego. While teaching I went to San Diego State University and earned a MEd in reading and language arts as well as a Reading Specialist credential. I’ve worked in APS since 2006 and at ATS since 2021.
I love doing yoga, going on hikes, enjoying nature, traveling, reading, and doing jigsaw puzzles. I’m so grateful to have a wonderful family that will join me in many of my adventures as well as introduce me to new ones.
One of my favorite books is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Pollaco. It is a wonderful picture book that can be enjoyed by both students and adults. Patricia Pollaco often writes books that are autobiographical and this book is about her real-life struggle to learn to read and the one teacher who helped her overcome this hurdle. As a child, Trisha wanted nothing more than to learn to read. She loved listening to stories read by her mother and brother and couldn’t wait to start learning in school. She was a talented painter and artist, but reading did not come easily. It took a very special teacher to recognize her dyslexia and teach her how to overcome her reading disability. This book led me to become a Reading Specialist and I still cannot read this book all the way through without shedding a tear.