Reading Specialist/Academic Support
Kindergarten & First Grade Reading
Lower School Student Council Advisor
M. of Ed., Reading, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
M. of Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
B.S. of Ed., Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
I am the Lower School Reading Specialist and I also provide Academic Support for University Lake School students. I work primarily on reading, writing, study skills, and math (through algebra) with students in all three divisions. My background includes several degrees in education. I also completed the coursework in adaptive education and have advanced training in the Orton-Gillingham methodology of teaching reading. My philosophy is that every child can learn if they are given the necessary tools and guidance. I generally meet with Academic Support students one-on-one, working to help them understand difficult subjects or to complete assignments. I also work with students who need reading support. I design a program for each student that builds up their weak areas, reinforces their strengths, and gets them on track.
One of my duties is working in the classrooms of our beginning readers. This assures small group instruction and the ability to meet the needs of all our early readers. A successful start as a reader is invaluable in creating a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. Watching the children progress from letter sounds to reading and discussing books is a joy I never tire of experiencing.
Finally, I am the advisor to the Lower School Student Council. Eight third and fourth graders comprise the student council and are elected in early September. The Lower School Student Council is a service organization that plans service opportunities and fun days for the Lower School students. While each year the members decide our projects, we often do activities to help organizations that work with children with cancer, run a food drive to benefit a local pantry, and spearhead the Toy Drive and Hat and Mitten Tree in the Lower School at Christmas.
On a personal note, I have taught for over 35 years and recently celebrated my twentieth year at ULS. I began as a fifth grade teacher and switched to the reading specialist position about nine years ago. My hobbies include reading, walking, and baking. With all our children out of the house we have begun to travel more and I love seeing historical places and learning about other cultures. My husband and I have three grown children and five grandchildren. They are our greatest joys.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Because I go between buildings email is often the easiest method to reach me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.