I've been teaching in one capacity or other since 1973 and I'm still not burned out! I've taught every grade level and spent a lot of years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in English and literacy education at Kent State, Cleveland State, Malone College, and Notre Dame College of Ohio. I currently do adjunct work at Notre Dame, but I've been teaching and chairing the reading department at Shaker Heights Middle School in Shaker Heights Ohio for nearly 10 years. I was hired to upgrade the nonexistent reading department, and one of the first things I did was talk the district into purchasing READ180 for the middle school. Last year, the high school began its first year with Stage C and I'm working to get the administration to go with Stage A for our intermediate school. I'm not a program-centered teacher and have always taught from a constructivist perspective, and READ180 is the only program I've run across that allows me to teach the way that I know is best for my students. My colleagues think I'm a Scholastic poster girl, and I'm not ashamed of that title!
About My Classroom
Almost all of my students are African American or Hispanic. Most are on the free lunch program and have failed the state proficiency tests in reading or writing. We have a blocked period so I can be their English teacher as well. I teach 6 periods a day, with 10-11 students in each of my three classes. I love what I do and look forward to every day of teaching.
Experience and Training
I have a BA in English with a minor in secondary education, an MA in reading, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction, all from Kent State University. I have experience teaching English and reading in elementary and secondary education as well as in college. I've published articles and chapters in textbooks and presented sessions at IRA and NCTE for years.
Why I Teach READ 180 and/or System 44
READ180 is the only program that I know that uses best practices in a holistic and differentiated way. I feel that I can meet every student's needs with all of the support material that is available in the print resources and on the Scholastic website. My students learn from the rBook units and love reading the books in our Reading Counts library. Every child is a winner in this program!