The Read Naturally family is full of interesting and resourceful individuals. We want to introduce you to some of these exciting people! In each monthly newsletter, we will highlight a Read Naturally customer, presenter, or staff member.
This month, we introduce you to one of our customers, Vickie Johnson. Vickie is a Title I Interventionist for Roxana Community Unit School District #1 in Roxana, IL. Vickie has been an educator for 20 years.
What is your favorite Read Naturally success story?
Michael, a fifth-grade student, was soon leaving my building for the middle school. He had been a Read Naturally student for three years and had made great gains. When he came in to say good-bye, he said, “I will miss you and I will miss Read Naturally because it made me the good reader I am now—and you helped too.” He went on to ask me if I could give him some Read Naturally stories to practice over the summer; I did, along with a portable CD player, timer, graph, steps, colored pencils, and a thank-you note to him and his mother (with a few happy tears on it)!
What is your favorite quote?
“It’s not the hours you put in as a teacher that count; it’s the teaching that you put into those hours.”
What is your favorite book to share with your students?
“The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo
What is your favorite educational website?
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I went to school in a very small school in Thebes, Illinois. It’s in the very tip of the state referred to as Little Egypt. When I went to first grade (we didn’t have kindergarten), I had very little exposure to books. The Bible and hymnal were about it! When I first laid eyes on Dick, Jane, Spot, and Puff, I was totally in love! We could not take the books home. So one night I hid it inside my head scarf and took it home to show my mom! She never knew I wasn’t supposed to do this. I try to reproduce the magic I felt in learning to read with my students, and I think I have!
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