“Allow your passion to become your purpose, and one day it will become your profession.” –Gabrielle Bernstein
Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed of being a teacher. I was often found with a book in my hand, and teaching to my dolls and stuffed animals. I am a big believer in that you need to do what you love. My love is reading, teaching and working with young children. I am looking forward to continuing this journey of focusing on what I am passionate about. I feel so fortunate to do what I love every day and having the opportunity to share my love of reading with my students.
While your child is receiving reading intervention services we will be working on the many facets of reading through the use of the Leveled Literacy Intervention. Not only will we be working on improving your child’s reading, but we will be setting goals and striving to reach those goals. We will delve deep into books, have conversations, decode words, discuss vocabulary, write about our reading and build a community of readers. I strongly believe in the power of the school-parent relationship, and together we will help your child succeed.
My name is Sandy Johnson and I am excited to be part of our team here at ESLA. I have my BS in Elementary Education with the Early Childhood (ZA) endorsement from the University of Michigan- Flint and I recently completed my Master’s Degree in Reading from Grand Canyon University. Prior to becoming part of the ESLA staff, I worked for over ten years at a private school teaching a multi-grade classroom of preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade students. I have a passion for reading and I enjoy sharing books that I love with children. Some of my favorite books in my classroom library are books that I have had since my elementary years in school!
As a part of ESLA’s intervention team, I will be working with students on many reading strategies and helping them to set goals for their reading progress. I hope to instill in my students a love for reading and help them to become life-long learners. I firmly believe that reading is the key to unlocking a wealth of knowledge and adventure.
On a personal note, I am married and have one son. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and I also collect children’s books.
Do you love Math but need help? Do you dislike Math because it is confusing? Then I am one to see. My name is Miss Gardner and I am one of East Shore Leadership Academy's Math Interventionist. I love working with our students who need additional assistance and spread my love for Math. My love for Math started when I was in Middle School. It just seemed like things clicked with me, along with how my teacher was teaching the Math concepts.
I am starting my 26th year in Education and I am excited to work with our students and hope that at the end of the year all of our students will love Math too. When I am not working with our fabulous students, I enjoy being with my family, being outdoors, working in my garden or hanging out with friends.
Hi! My name is Alexis Jex. This is ESLA’s fifth year and my fifth year as well! I am so excited to be part of something so ground breaking! This year I am extremely excited to begin my new role as Math Interventionist! Math has always been a love of mine and I can’t wait to share that with all of you!
Success in education is like an open book; don’t close it before it’s done!” My teaching philosophy is based around this quote that I have created from past experiences and influences, as well as my love for music. I try to understand where my students are coming from and understanding that there are so many outside factors that affect them. I understand that I will not be able to read their whole life story, and that I am only a chapter in their book of life. However, I want that chapter (our chapter) to be meaningful to them as an individual. I hold family values extremely high and know that everyone’s “family” is unique. In my classroom, I hope to create a family like atmosphere. For that reason, we are a family of mathematicians living and learning from one another. We will listen with open minds, and respect one another.