Hi, I'm Alison!

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, Jenn, 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.

To learn more about what Learning At The Primary Pond stands for as an organization, click here.

For lots of literacy ideas and materials, check out my blog and my TpT store. You can also sign up to receive updates from me below – and I’ll even send you a free gift when you subscribe!

July 19 - 27 only: The Kindergarten & 1st/2nd Grade Literacy Clubs are open for new members!
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