Strickland, Karen (Title 1)

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I am very excited to be Candler's Title One Literacy Specialist. As the Title One Literacy Specialist, I work directly with classroom teachers, and I also teach reading to students in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade. I have provided our staff professional development on Carol Dweck's Mindsets and strategies for teaching based on Donna Beagle and Eric Jensen. I hold parent meetings in order to help provide guidance in reading with children. I also create and manage a reading program to meet reading needs during our intervention/enrichment "Bobcat Block" time.

It is my hope to instill a love of adventure, first the adventure in reading mastery and then in the adventures that reading provides. 

Each year two goals I have are to provide children with books during book giveaways. Putting a gently used book into the hands of a child is very important. Giving students an outlet to share books that they have read will also help children become more motivated readers. I hold a book talk each week on our Bobcat News. I work to provide students with the reading strategies needed and then challenge all of our students here at Candler Elementary to read a variety of genres and read with fluency.

My professional experience: This is my 35th year of teaching and I still enjoy learning new and exciting things. I have a Master's in Reading and a supplementary English credential which I received in California. The most rewarding experience of teaching is witnessing the "Ah-ha" moment that children have and witnessing children get lost in the adventure of a book.

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Some of my favorites: I love teaching, animals, especially my dogs named Pixie and Suzie, and reading. One book series that makes me laugh is the Hank Zipser books by Henry Winkler, and adventure books by Gary Paulsen. I hope you'll give them a try and tell me what are your favorites or better yet, ask to share your favorite book on the Candler Bobcat News.