I am a literacy specialist who is passionate about the teaching of reading. I knew I wanted to be a teacher the minute I entered the classroom as a first grader. From that point on, I set my sights on becoming an educator. While earning my Masters in Education from the University of Hartford I was blessed to enter my chosen profession in 1987. I spent many years instructing in a primary classroom where my passion for teaching reading began and flourished. After almost 30 years in this career, I still get goose bumps whenever a child breaks the reading code.
I pride myself on my passion for continuous learning. I’m constantly reading the latest research and discussing better ways to help students grow as readers. After years of independent study on the craft and science of teaching reading, I decided to pursue certification as a Literacy Specialist in Reading/Language Arts. In 2012 I earned my certification from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven as a Literacy Specialist in grades K-12.
Since 2010 I have worked as a Literacy Specialist in Connecticut helping fragile readers in grades K-6 gain the skills to become successful, independent readers. Each day continues to bring both my students and me joy, challenges, and new opportunities for learning. Another one of my greatest delights is working alongside teachers and sharing insights and expertise with one another in order to provide the most effective instruction for students. This blog is one more way to build a community of educators who are passionate about the triumphs as well as the tribulations of teaching reading.
When I’m not reading, teaching, or writing about reading I am usually engaged in one of my other passions in the northwest hills of Connecticut: spending time with my husband and occasionally visiting with my college-graduate son, spoiling one or both of my dogs, hiking, gardening, or upcycling interesting pieces of furniture and art.
I hope you enjoy this blog and find it valuable and thought-provoking. Both Jen and I welcome you to this community. Thanks for joining us!