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. Berrington
Hello Acres Green Families! My name is Mary Berrington and I am excited to be teaching Reading Recovery and literacy intervention at Acres Green Elementary. I have been teaching for the past 33 years either as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Intervention Coordinator and /or literacy specialist. I have a Bachelors of Science in Education (K-6 grades) and a Masters in Reading and Writing from the University of Northern Colorado. I am so excited to be supporting students in literacy intervention at Acres Green Elementary. I look forward to working with  students each day  and  supporting  them in fostering a love for reading and writing. I encourage collaboration and risk-taking among students but above all, strive to create a safe, warm environment for all learners. I look forward to meeting your children at Acres Green Elementary. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Collaboration and communication is my strength and I believe is essential in optimizing the learning potential in every child. 
About Mrs. Sumner:
  I am thrilled to be starting my 22nd 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 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! 21-22 school year marks my 7th 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 Mrs. Berrington, I am not a Literacy Specialist but rather a Literacy Interventionist for grades 1-6. 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 completed my Master's degree through the University of Colorado at Denver in 2019- so I am a true Buffs fan through and through! 

Contact information:
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