Literacy and Reading

We are the literacy team at Acres Green, and we are lucky to read with our panther students!  Reading and writing is in addition to the regular literacy instruction a student receives in the classroom.  Our lessons include a combination of reading, writing, phonics, phonemic awareness, and word study.  There is also an emphasis on problem solving and comprehension strategies in both fiction and nonfiction text. We provide everything students need to know in order to succeed with their literacy skills!


About Mrs. Sumner:
  I am thrilled to be starting my 21st year of teaching AND to be a part of the Acres Green community.  I received my Bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and my Master's degree at the University of Colorado in Denver.  I was trained as a Reading Recovery teacher in 2007 and feel blessed to do what I love....teach reading and writing.  When not teaching, I appreciate all of the things the Colorado outdoors has to offer.  I also enjoy reading and spending time with my husband and college aged children!    

About Ms. TenBrook: I am excited to be starting my 22nd year of teaching here in Douglas County Schools.  I love being a member of the Acres Green community.   I feel so lucky to get to spend my day doing some of the very things I love; reading, writing and working with children! I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and my Master's degree from Regis University.  I am a Colorado native and I love to spend time enjoying all the things Colorado has to offer.  In my free time, you will find me standing in the river fly fishing, playing with my Cat, sewing and of course reading! 

About Mrs. Wanstrath: Do you read with your kids at home? Do your kids read to you? Are you wondering how you can help them improve? Don't hesitate to reach out and ask me questions, because this is what I do here at Acres Green- help kids improve their reading! 2020-2021 marks my 6th year at Acres Green and in Douglas County! I have been lucky to read and create memories with so many students over the years here at AGE. While my job is similar to Mrs. Sumner and Ms. TenBrook, I am not a Reading Recovery teacher but rather a Literacy Interventionist. I work with students ranging from 1st grade to 6th on their literacy skills. I was trained in Reading Recovery/Literacy Lessons in 2016, and I participate in ongoing professional development every month. I also received my Bachelor's from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and last year completed my Master's degree through the University of Colorado at Denver- so I am a true Buffs fan through and through! 

Contact information:
The best way to contact us is through email.

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