Distinguished Reading Teachers
Wade Hampton High English Teacher Julie Jarriel and Bell’s Crossing Elementary First Grade Teacher Jessica Clark were selected as the 2015-16 Greenville County International Reading Association (GCIRA) Distinguished Reading Teachers. Both teachers will be invited to represent Greenville County at the state SCIRA Conference held in February in Hilton Head.
Jessica Clark uses best practices and current approaches such as Guided Reading and Daily 5 to reach all of her learners. She trains staff at her school in best practices based on information she receives as the building representative who attends district workshops and training sessions.
Amanda Madden, a second grade teacher at Bell’s Crossing, said, "Jessica’s passion for teaching reading shines through in all that she does and her students benefit from her dedication as a reading teacher."
Wade Hampton High’s Julie Jarriel is dedicated to creating passionate and engaged readers through choice, independent reading, and active engagement with text with a variety of strategies such as annotating text. She tailors instruction to meet the academic needs of struggling learners while fostering confident and independent readers.
"Julie is truly passionate about education and literacy, and she makes every effort to know and engage her students," said Anna Derrick, a third grade teacher at Monarch Elementary.
The Greenville Council of the International Reading Association supports local educators as they strive to promote literacy through improved literacy instruction and encouragement of reading as a lifelong process. Membership in GCIRA includes membership in the South Carolina chapter of the International Reading Association (SCIRA). GCIRA/SCIRA offers professional development and opportunities for teachers including a range of events, scholarships, and awards.