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044olivern
AUSTIN
Biography

The READ 180 curriculum became a part of ESL classroom in the 2009-2010 school year. I have really enjoyed the curriculum and am learning a lot along with the students!


My Background: I am the oldest of five with four amazing brothers. Two of them are
close to my age (born in the '50's) and two are several years younger. I was born in
Longview, Texas, spent 5 years of my childhood in New Orleans, then settled in Houston.
I graduated from Sharpstown High School in 1972
and went right across the street to Houston Baptist University to begin my
college education. After two years at HBU, I transferred to the University of
Houston to attend school with my new husband, where I received my 'Bachelor of Arts'
degree in Music Education and Piano Performance in 1977. I have reconnected with six
of my Singers girlfriends from HBU and we have an annual summer "girlfriend weekend."
Woo Hoo! This summer we partied in the Fort Worth area.

My husband and I have been married for 36 years. After spending 2 months in Brazil in 1974,
I fell in love with the Portuguese language.
My exposure that summer led me to take two courses in the Portuguese language at the
Univ of Houston when I returned. It has been of use
lately as I have had students from Brazil in my program.
I have also been able to adjust this language
to learning Spanish easily.

Our oldest son just achieved position of Executive Chef of the newest Houston
McCormick and Schmick restaurant. I miss having him around here in Austin but am
glad that things are going well for him in the restaurant business.

Our second son is employed with his uncles in a very successful Austin family owned
business called Oliver Custom Homes. He and his wife live
in the Austin area and had their first child (my first grandchild) in August 2009. He is
the joy of our lives right now! I could fill my whole profile with joys of grandmother-hood.

Our youngest, a daughter, graduated from Texas State University with a degree
in Music Education with a Piano Performance Major. She enjoys spending several weeks of her summer
in her favorite area of the US, California. Two weeks in the Sacramento area
and one week in the San Diego area. She recently signed a contract with a school district in our
area to teach elementary music.

My favorite recreational activities include sewing quilts and other baby accessories for young teachers
on my campus. I also enjoy reading fictional novels, spending summer vacations
in the the mountains of Colorado,
and watching old movies with my daughter. My other interests are photography, writing music,
crocheting, working crossword puzzles, and keeping in touch with friends via
internet, and creating fun activities for my classes.

About My Classroom
My classroom is a home for ELLs. There is a sofa and comfortable lighting in the reading area, a countertop with 6 computers for READ 180 software and student research, including QUIA quizzes and activities, a SmartBoard and document Camera setup, and lots of resources for translation in our room. My classroom is my student's home away from home!
Experience and Training
I love the smaller teacher to student ratio in the ESL classroom. As a speaker of the Portuguese language, I enjoyed having a girl from Brasil in my class last year. My students are making great strides in their reading and writing by participating in READ 180.
Why I Teach READ 180 and/or System 44
I was asked to teach the READ 180 program last fall because our district purchased it for struggling readers and ESL students. It has made a tremendous impact on my best ELL students as they have learned so much vocabulary very quickly. We have had many great learning experiences with the workshops and the R book lessons. Their SRI scores are increasing rapidly!
Role
READ 180 Classroom Teacher
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