I am an elementary reading coach at a small, rural school in Central Alabama. My job as reading coach is primarily to support reading instruction in my school. As part of that support I lead professional development on reading and writing, engage individual teachers in ongoing recursive cycles of planning, teaching, and reflecting, meet with grade levels for planning for reading and writing, lead school reform efforts, write curriculum, order materials, work with individual students, gather and analyze data, organize assessments, and stay current in recent research developments in best practices for reading and writing (plus more that I can’t recall!!!).

 I started this blog as a way to connect with teachers in my school and district and to offer a follow-up source to professional development sessions that I have led. I also like the pressure of having a blog to complete as it gives me a reason and a push to write often (This helps me stay authentic with my students. They know that if I ask them to write, that I am doing it, too!!).

I have ten years of experience as a reading coach, along with 3 years’ experience in 5th grade,  which has allowed me to observe, teach and study every grade from Pre-K to 5th grade. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I have been trained as an Orton- Gillingham tutor, a Success for All Coordinator, Test Coordinator, SACS evaluator and have continued to expand my knowledge of reading, writing, and coaching through intensive state led professional development  and ongoing reading. Additionally, I am the president of our local council of the International Reading Association. I think you can never learn too much and believe that one of the best things about being a reading coach is that it affords me multiple opportunities to continue to learn!


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