3rd Grade Teacher
St. Clair Shores, MI
Last year Katie taught fourth grade for the first time, and decided to start the year with “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” by Judy Blume. She had forgotten how funny the book was, and laughed out loud as she read it to her class.
St. Louis, MO
Donna has been in early childhood education for 25 plus years. She has been teaching pre-kindergarten for 6 years. Donna uses Scholastic books for all ages in her center.
Fort Mills, SC
As a child Stephanie loved to read, so it is no surprise she chose a profession that allows her to share wonderful stories with her kinders each day! Reading a good book is the perfect beginning and ending to a fun day of learning, laughter, and hugs! Read, peace, and kindergarten!
Marilyn uses books to help her students learn, explore, understand, cope, grow, and enjoy their surroundings. Literature throughout the day helps her classroom be an exciting, fun place to experience new things and expand horizons.
Farm girl from Otto, Wyoming: population 50. This is Patty's 15th year of teaching: eight in preschool and seven in kindergarten. She grew up riding horses, gathering eggs, and reading! She'll read anything. Just recently Patty was reading a "romance" out loud while donating blood, and the entire room was in stitches! She usually has a book in her car for doctors' appointments, a book by her bed for a few stolen moments, and a huge bookcase of books that she will read someday!
Jennifer teaches kindergarten at Clarkdale-Jerome School in Arizona. She loves teaching little ones! They are always excited to learn.
Jill loves to introduce new and exciting books to her first graders through her daily read-aloud. Then she sits back with pride as she watches the same books fly off the library shelves!
Wake Forest, NC
Lyndsey has been a teacher for six years. She spent one year in fourth grade and is currently in her fifth year as a first-grade teacher. Growing up in the Air Force and living in five different countries gave her the chance to experience so many different cultures and opportunities. She loves being able to use books and literature to open that window for her students so they may have a glimpse of the wonderful world within.
Little Falls, MN
Jennifer has been teaching for ten years and has a degree in early childhood education. Her passion is teaching reading and she hopes to someday receive her master's in early literacy.
Dan makes sure to have plenty of good fiction and nonfiction books to use supplementally across the curriculum. In addition, this teacher features an accessible classroom library with a plethora of books to satisfy the interests of even the most reluctant reader.
Kelly believes a library is an essential area of the classroom. She uses her library, her passion for books, and student interests to ignite a love of reading in her students.
Sharon's goal for each year is to share her love of literature with her students and open the world up to them through reading. She encourages her students to read a variety of genres and uses technology to find various books to interest each individual child.
Elaina uses read-alouds (always beginning with The Tale of Despereaux) to set the tone for independent reading and enjoys watching her readers build stamina, confidence, and a love of books.
Roxane loves books and reads aloud to her class every day. She always starts each year by reading books about reading. She teaches her students that reading is powerful and if they can read, they can learn anything.
Leah teaches Frindle at the beginning of each fourth-grade year. This story is an easy, quick read that gets students thinking about being independent and creative learners. They are all able to successfully read this book and everyone can relate to the witty humor of Andrew Clements!
Elizabeth keeps her classroom library packed with fiction and nonfiction books so that every child has access to just-right books. There's nothing better than turning a reluctant reader into a voracious one!
Jennifer is usually reading four or five books at a time. She believes students who hate reading just haven't found a book that speaks to them and sees it as a personal challenge to help them find that special book.
This is the first year that Tera has taught fifth grade! She uses books from series to engage her students in reading. She reads the first book of the series and enjoys watching her students read the rest of the series on their own.
Cindy realizes that a book recommendation carries more weight if she has actually read the book herself, so she strives to read as many books as possible. Her favorite genres are realistic and dystopian fiction along with graphic novels.
Student book talks and student-penned reading recommendation forms are an authentic and meaningful way for students to share and love literature in Gabe's classroom. He also cannot overemphasize the power of the short story!