Our Mission

Our mission is to help every child gain the literacy skills they need to succeed in school and in life. We believe that everyone wins when teachers have the right training and tools to implement engaging, effective literacy instruction.

Who We Serve


We support K-2 teachers in a variety of ways, including free webinars, tips, and information, in addition to our TpT resources, memberships, PD courses, and yearlong phonics and writing programs. To learn more about our resources for teachers, visit the “Teacher” tab at the top of this page.

Schools & Districts

Learning At The Primary Pond offers a multitude of resources for schools and districts, including our literacy curricula, memberships for teachers, and PD courses and packages. To learn more about how we support schools and districts, visit the “Schools & Districts” tab at the top of this page.


Many parents follow Learning At The Primary Pond and find helpful resources to support their children’s education in our TpT store. We also offer special resources and programs for parents whose children are struggling to learn to read. To find out more about our resources for parents of struggling readers, click here.

Our story begins when our Founder, Alison Ryan, began developing literacy materials in her role as a Kindergarten teacher.

The reading and writing curriculum provided by her school didn’t meet her students’ needs, and they weren’t easy to use.

Alison began creating her own reading and writing lessons to better meet her needs and the needs of her students. She created plans and printables, and then revised them based upon how the lessons went with her students and with other teachers’ students. Alison posted these resources on TpT and began the Learning At The Primary Pond blog to share ideas and connect with other teachers.

As Alison moved into roles in 1st and 2nd grade, as a reading specialist and interventionist, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, she continued creating resources for other educators, as well as providing professional development to accompany these resources. Alison’s master’s degree in Literacy Leadership, Orton Gillingham training, and Structured Literacy certification (C-SLCT) have informed her work in creating research-based, effective resources and PD that are also teacher-friendly.

Since Alison founded Learning At The Primary Pond in 2012, the company has grown to include 12 team members, the majority of whom are educators. In addition to resources on TpT, we’ve expanded our line of educational materials and trainings to include our Literacy Clubs, the Reading Intervention Collaborative, our phonics program, our writing program, a Science of Reading course, and parent programs.

Meet the Team

Alison Ryan
Founder & C.E.O.

Michele Cady
Director of Operations

Sonya Wilson
Marketing & Sales Manager

Ingrid Davis
Content & Curriculum Manager

Stephanie Heezen
Product Specialist

Erin Chilson
Membership Specialist

Megan Higgins
Social Media Manager

Briana Cornett
Executive & Customer Support Specialist

Caity Anderson
Content & Curriculum Assistant

Ally Ruesch
Operations & Marketing Assistant

Emily Banks
Visual Marketing Designer

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