About Me

Update (6/1/2011):  I have transitioned into a new role at the wonderful school I work for:  PK-3 Master Teacher.  I have all the same responsibilities as I did as a literacy coach with some additions.  I now coach teachers in all subject areas, instead of just literacy.  I will be part of an evaluation team.  Each teacher in our school will be evaluated by our principal, a master teacher, and a mentor teacher.  For more information about TAP, check out their website:  TAP:  The System for Teacher and Student Advancement.  I am very excited about implementing TAP!

I am an elementary/middle school literacy coach who is married with one "child," our lazy but adorable cat.  I'm in my tenth year of teaching in a small, rural school (there are about 500 students PK-12).  I became a National Board Certified Teacher in Reading/Language Arts in 2010.  It was a very exciting way to end the year.

Reading is my passion and I love sharing that passion with my students and fellow teachers.  I hope that the teachers I coach think of me as a useful resource.  I love learning new ways to motivate students to learn.  The web has many great resources to get students involved and in charge of their own learning.  I want to share that with the teachers I work with.

My first foray into the world of creating on the web was with Wikispaces.  I named my wiki Thinking Out Loud.  I started the space as a place to store all the wonderful resources I was finding and make it easier to share with the teachers I work with.  Then I learned about blogs.  I liked the idea of blogging because it was easier to add commentary about why I thought the resource was useful.

I talked about some random things about myself in a post called "7 Things You Don't Need to Know About Me."


  1. We don't have literacy coaches in New Zealand. Wish we did. We have literacy resource teachers, but they are spread over a number of schools and only help with children who are failing.

  2. G’day Jana,
    I notice you signed up for a mentor in the teacher challenges. Has your mentor been helpful?

    I hope you are enjoying the activities on the right sidebar at http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org

  3. I am loving the activities at Teacher Challenge. They are making it so easy to learn about blogging. I really haven't used my mentor yet. He did send me an initial email to let me know that he was there if I needed him.

  4. I love the idea that you are trying to share resources with other teachers! Keep up the good work. I added a book to your 111 books....there are so many I had a hard time choosing one...Can you guess which one I chose?

  5. Just found your blog! I'm your newest follower.

    First Grade Delight

  6. Good luck in your new role! Thank you for the common core blog links!
    Playful Learning Brooklyn

  7. You mentioned you love to read (so do I!) I just finished Wonder by RJ Palacio - it's actually a kids book but it's fantastic! Have you read it? I highly recommend for both kids & adults! I'm your newest follower!
    Science for Kids Blog


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