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Team Read is Back at Leschi!

28 MAR 2020

Earlier this month, Team Read returned to Leschi Elementary to provide one-on-one tutoring support for 18 young readers. “Team Read was a vital part of the educational experience for our 2nd and 3rd graders at Leschi for many years. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring it back,” said Principal Lisa Moland. “The near peer experience for scholars is exciting to see!”

The Moland family has a long history with Team Read. All five of Lisa’s children were either Team Read students or coaches. And her daughter, Lydia, went on to be a Site Coordinator at Thurgood Marshall Elementary school after being a student reader at Madrona Elementary.

“I love the fact that high school students are giving of their time and energy to provide explicit and clearly crafted lessons in support of our scholars’ literacy development. The student readers really look up to their teen coaches.”

Principal Moland attended one of the on-site coach training sessions and took the opportunity to speak with the teens. “The personal stories they shared with me and the group around how they became readers gave me the confidence that they could make a difference in the lives of our scholars,” she explained.

We’re excited to be back at Leschi and look forward to watching these young students and teens learn and grow together over the next several months!

Site Coordinator Spotlight:
Danielle Alford-Warfield

15 MAR 2020

Why did you want to work for Team Read?

As somebody who struggled with reading until high school, I felt like this was a great opportunity to show young readers that they aren’t alone, and it is possible to overcome their reading challenges.

What background, experience, skills, interests do you feel you are bringing to this role?

When I was a freshman in high school, I had a fabulous paraeducator who refused to give up on me and helped me get up to grade level in reading. This experience inspired me to work in the Read for Meaning class at Cascade Middle School, providing small group reading instruction for low level readers. Reading is truly my passion; it is the backbone of all learning.

What has been the most interesting thing you have learned in this role?

I’ve learned how to keep the readers engaged after a long day at school. I try to make TR4 fun for them, so that they don’t feel like it is just more schoolwork.

How do you think TR4 is supporting the readers to be successful in school?

TR4 allows readers to work one-on-one with a teen coach and build a relationship with them. They have a mentor who is strictly there to support their needs.

What is your favorite thing about being a TR4 Site Coordinator?

I love being able to make connections with the readers and coaches. I get to provide them with support outside of the classroom. Readers also love the silly games that I come up with to play.