I currently work with students in the Wilson and Barton Reading programs, as well as Reading Comprehension and Upper School Health at NVS. I received an Associate of Arts & Sciences from Central Virginia Community College with a major in General Studies. Later in life, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Special Education from Lynchburg College. This is the beginning of my fifteenth year teaching here at NVS. I am currently licensed to teach children K-12 with an endorsement to work students that have Learning Disabilities.
The Barton Reading & Spelling System is a Structured Literacy program that is Orton-Gillingham influenced. The multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured and sequential intense intervention program is research and evidence based.
The Wilson Reading System provides the students with explicit direct, cumulative, intensive, and focused instruction on the structure of language; while opening doors to multisensory learning using visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways to enhance memory and learning of written language; and supplies consistent links between the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways in learning to read and spell. (International Dyslexia Association, 2008).
Reading Comprehension class assists in the development and maintenance of strategies to help students improve their reading comprehension and fluency. They are also encouraged and provided opportunities to increase their receptive & expressive vocabulary (word parts, figurative language, using context clues)
US Healthy for Life:
School Healthy for Life/PE classes are held every afternoon. During this time, students are able to participate in basketball, baseball, volleyball, kickball, tennis, soccer, and football and other activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. Classroom discussions during health relate to topics including nutrition, exercise, and appropriate choices needed to be “healthy for life”.