I am a lifelong Special Education teacher who is dually certified in Elementary Education. I have been Nationally Board Certified since 2002. My friends have affectionately referred to me as the "Queen" since I served my state as the "2004 Florida Teacher of the Year." My number one mission has always been simply "to make a difference."
Each nine weeks we ask our students to be responsible for reading 25-30 books with the goal of reading a million words each year. In Kindergarten we log the books during class and also begin to teach the parents and students to begin the lifelong habit of reading each day by requiring them to log at least one book each day that they read at home. If 90% of the students in the entire school meet the goal, the Principal does something outrageous or fun for the students. She has been slimed, kissed a pig, treated the kids to Bingo and even invited them to a carnival. This year she was taped to a wall and read for two hours. She says she would do anything to get kids to read. I guess this is her way of walking the talk!