I currently work with students in the Barton Reading Reading and Spelling Program, as well as Reading Comprehension, Writing, Lower School Health, and Gardening 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 19th year of teaching.
Barton: An Orton-Gillingham based system that is simultaneously multisensory, explicit, and systematic in the teaching of phonics. Students learn the rules of reading and spelling as they work with real & nonsense words, phrases, sentences, and stories.
Reading Comprehension: Development of independent reading skills. A variety of age-appropriate literary works including recent and classic fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry will be explored. Supplemental activities are introduced to foster confidence in the areas of narrative structure, drawing conclusions, making inferences, use of imagery, figurative language, analogies, and various poetic elements.
Writing Composition: Use of the writing process to generate detailed narrative, persuasive, explanatory, and descriptive compositions. Emphasis is placed on the students’ abilities to demonstrate correct sentence structure that includes all the conventions of grammar and mechanics learned to date.
Lower School Health: The students will develop their understanding of the concept of becoming and staying healthy. Topics will include: making healthy nutritional choices, hygiene, family life, communication skills, conflict resolution, goal setting, and the effects of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use.
Gardening: Hopes to nurture the students’ interest in nutrition and increase their knowledge of gardening skills–plant & environmental. We will use the garden as a learning laboratory for experiential learning.