Can you believe it is time for another school year?  This summer sure has gone fast and has kept me busy. Over the summer I  attended various different workshops and trainings to enhance my skills as a teacher/interventionist and am ready to get back to the classroom and apply all of the amazing things I learned over the summer.  

Additionally, I had the opportunity to train with specialists using the Barton program for helping kids with dyslexia.  Our school will be implementing this with students this fall and it is an amazing program research-based that is beneficial to all students.

This will be my 17th year of teaching. I have taught English and reading courses at both the middle and high school levels and taught third grade as well. I taught English for 13 years at New Dominion School in Austin, Reading courses in Rochester for one year, and this will be my sixth year teaching in Lyle.

Currently I hold teaching licenses in K-6 Elementary, 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature, and K-12 Reading. This school year I am finishing my Masters in Reading from Mankato with my Capstone Project focus on early reading intervention for at-risk readers in the primary grades. Additionally, I hold a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Saint Mary's University, a Bachelors of Science (Teaching) degree from Winona State University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Riverland Community College.

As a member of our school's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) committee, our RTI (Response to Intervention) team, and our SAT (Student Assistance Team) team, I am always looking for ways to make every student feel success in school. Additionally, I am adviser to both Lyle's National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.  I am also our Book Fair chairperson, so if you ever have questions regarding when it is coming, I will be more than happy to share that with you.  We will have one four times this year, with the last one being a Buy One Get One fair.

Our school uses FAST assessments by Fastbridge for our K-12 students. These assessments are developed through the University of Minnesota. All students will be tested three times a year in both reading and math to determine eligibility for reading and/or math intervention from either Title I, Reading Corps, or Special Education referral. Students receiving services will be progress monitored on a regular basis and data will be examined to choose the interventions used for individual students or groups.

If you have any questions about Reading Corps and how it helps our kids in grades K-3, feel free to contact me.  I am our school's Internal Coach and would love to share information with you.  Feel free to check out the Reading Corps website with the tab on the left side of my page.

Please feel free to contact me at jallhiser@lyle.k12.mn.us if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact: Jami Donaldson