I share ideas and tools to help K-2 teachers simplify their planning and create engaging literacy lessons.
I believe that teachers should have access to materials that are both easy to use and written around best practices. Teaching is hard enough as it is – you shouldn’t have to spend your weekends creating all your materials from scratch!
I first began developing literacy materials when I was teaching Kindergarten. The reading and writing curriculum provided by my school didn’t fit my students’ needs, and they weren’t easy to use. I found myself scrambling to write lessons at the last minute. I was spending too much time planning lessons and making materials to go along with them. I wanted to devote my time and energy to what really counts – learning about my students’ needs and differentiating my instruction.
So I began creating my own reading and writing lessons to better fit my students’ needs. I created plans, materials to go along with them, and then made changes as I used the lessons with my kids. I also began my blog to share ideas with other teachers.
When I moved up to first and second grade, and eventually became a reading specialist, I continued to create materials to engage and challenge my students.
Today, I’m the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for K-5 at a small private school in Tennessee. I have a master’s degree in literacy leadership, experience as a classroom teacher in Pre-K through 2nd grade (general education, bilingual, and dual language), and experience as a reading specialist.
I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share my passion with you through Learning At The Primary Pond! And I couldn’t make my literacy clubs, TpT shop, webinars, or phonics program a reality on my own. Michele, Rachel, Megan, Stacey, Erin, Brenda, Emily, and Laurie help make all this possible.
When I’m not teaching, writing, or collaborating with other teachers, I love traveling with my husband, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with friends.