Category Archives: Teacher Heroes

In Appreciation of Teachers

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During our Teacher Appreciation Week Sweepstakes, we asked educators to share their most memorable moments from the field. We received nearly 1,000 responses from across the country, ranging from stories of jubilant children just learning to form words in Fundations® to the triumphant breakthroughs of struggling readers in the Just Words® and Wilson Reading System® programs.Its the tiny successes that have the biggest impact, shared Julie H. I remember the day one of my students was able to read by himself. I had been working with him for four years ... I cried, along with every [...]

Leading the Way

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While Allison McAvoy cant predict the future, the veteran educator has a pretty good idea where she intends to be one spring day in 2026: celebrating the high school graduation of a student she met when he was a headstrong first-grader with dyslexia.Some students come in eagerly and some come in kicking and screaming, the Chattanooga, TN, educator explained about the intricacies of running a private reading center.One boy was adamant when he arrived, protesting, I didnt sign up for this! I dont want to be here! Ive had him for two years now. Hes now in third grad [...]

Promising Practices in Wisconsin

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Earlier this year, Wilson In-District Trainer Sara Adamovich was invited to participate in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instructions Promising Practices Workgroup to develop and share strategies for literacy success.Sara teaches at Eagle River Elementary School (Northland Pines School District), one of only 18 schools identified for the Promising Practices Workgroup because of their high reading achievement growth for students with disabilities. The workgroup was tasked with examining and recommending practices/strategies to increase literacy outcomes for students with disabilitie [...]

A D.C. Fundations Kindergarten Teacher Shares Words of Wisdom

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All eyes seem to be on Marissa McGee's kindergarten classroom.  Marissa's class "has been heralded as a room to watch by D.C.'s public schools," and was visited by teachers last year for professional learning observations. Recently, the teacher from Walker-Jones Education Campus was interviewed by NPR® about her teaching philosophy. For several years now, Wilson has partnered with District of Columbia's public schools to provide coaching and support with Fundations Tier 1 implementation. We are pleased to share Marissa's story and insight! During NPR's visit, Marissa offered her classroo [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week Stories from Inspirational Educators

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During our Teacher Appreciation Week Sweepstakes, we asked educators one simple question: "What inspired you to become a teacher?"  In reply, we received over 1,000 thoughtful, motivating, and memorable stories about how teachers, reading specialists, tutors, and special education professionals chose the field of education. Many individuals were inspired by a special teacher they wanted to emulate, parents who instilled a great respect for education, or a special student who inspired them to further their career. Some individuals were motivated by their own struggle with school or a sibli [...]

A Dynamic Duo: Student and Teacher Team Up for Success

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In December 2015 Mandy Gilbart, a Wilson Level I Certified educator, reached out to Wilson to share a Carroll County Times article about her remarkable Wilson Reading System® student, Coley. To read the full article, click here. We recently checked in with Mandy to learn more about her journey with Coley and Coley's recent accomplishments. Mandy wrote: I first met Coley in the weeks before the 2014-2015 school year started. She was beginning 8th grade as a new student at Carroll Lutheran School. That August day, I realized she was reading more than four years below grade level, and she d [...]

The Gift of Literacy

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Megan Saffell is a second grade teacher at Warren Hills Elementary School in Liberty, MO, with over twelve years of teaching experience. At the end of the 2014-2015 school year, Megan shared how rewarding and life-changing it was to go through WRS Certification with her practicum student, Seth.I stumbled upon the Wilson Reading System about three years ago. The more I researched and found out about this amazing system, the more I wanted to be a part of it and learn more about it. It was exhausting seeing kids who were struggling with reading while I was working to do everything I possibly coul [...]

Share Your Thanks—World Teachers’ Day on October 5

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Wilson salutes the dedication of teachers around the globe in celebration of World Teachers Day. We thank you for sharing your love of learning and making such a positive impact on students lives today and every day.Read more about World Teachers' Day 2015, sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). [...]

The Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship 2015 Winners

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The Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of Sharon Bulley Parks, a Wilson Trainer who was committed throughout her life to her students and fellow teachers. The scholarship was established after her passing in 1996. Each year, it is awarded to an educator who has demonstrated the spirit of the Wilson mission in their career and has exemplified a commitment to literacy.At this years conference, two outstanding individualsDaniel Moriarty from Franklin, MA, and Lisa Trobaugh from Newark, NJwere awarded the 2015 Sharon Parks Memorial Scholarship.Daniel Moriarty is current [...]

September 8th is International Literacy Day!

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In recognition of International Literacy Day on September 8, Wilson thanks educators around the world who make a difference every day in the lives of their students. We salute the dedication of those who work toward achieving literacy for life and literacy for all.Click to read more about International Literacy Day, sponsored by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). [...]