School of the Year

Read Naturally is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Read Live School of the Year Award! The award recognizes schools whose students have substantially improved their reading skills using the Read Live program during the 2017-2018 school year.

Each of our winners demonstrated:

  • The school’s commitment to using Read Live with fidelity.
  • Students' growth in reading proficiency.
  • Positive changes in student attitudes and motivation.

2018 Read Live School of the Year Award Winner


Richmond Street School

Richmond Street School

El Segundo, CA

Submitted by Lisa Haun, Reading Specialist

Richmond Street School receives a $2000 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Richmond Street School has been using Read Naturally Strategy programs for over 15 years. Reading Specialist Lisa Haun, who has worked with Read Naturally Live since 2012, and her lab assistants have implemented the program with fidelity for their targeted group of 3rd graders. Read Naturally Live is also used with 4th and 5th grade students and by the special education teacher in their learning center.


2018 Read Live School of the Year Award Runner-Ups


Olive B. Loss Elementary School

Olive B. Loss Elementary School

Bear, DE

Submitted by Veronica Daniel, Reading Specialist

Olive B. Loss Elementary School receives a $500 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Olive B. Loss Elementary, has been using Read Naturally Strategy programs for over 10 years. Resource Specialist Veronica Daniel, who has been working with Read Naturally Live since 2015, oversees a program that is used in grades 2 through 5 throughout the school, averaging about 60 students. The program is implemented with fidelity, with many groups meeting every day.


Hannah Elementary School

Hannah Elementary School

Beverly, MA

Submitted by Michelle Zampell, Reading/Literacy/Language Arts Administrator

Hannah Elementary School receives a $500 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Hannah Elementary School, has been using Read Naturally Strategy programs for nine years. Literacy Coach Michelle Zampell, who has been working with Read Naturally Live for a little over a year, oversees a program that targets 30 students in 2nd and 3rd grade who need a fluency intervention. During the course of the school year, educators saw great results even in Tier III students with reading disabilities.


Van Buren Elementary School

Van Buren Elementary School

Van Buren, OH

Submitted by Mariah Hohman, Special Education Teacher

Van Buren Elementary School receives a $500 Read Naturally Gift Certificate.

Van Buren Elementary School has been using Read Naturally strategy programs for 15 years. Special Education Teacher Mariah Hohman, who has been working with Read Naturally Live since 2016, oversees a program that targets 45 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Students are averaging a year and a half growth on reading levels, and their confidence has greatly improved.


2018 Read Live School of the Year Award Honorable Mentions


The following schools will each receive a $100 Read Naturally gift certificate:

Aberdeen Elementary School, Aberdeen, ID, submitted by Marina Taylor
Challenge Charter School, Glendale, AZ, submitted by Kathleen Mertler
Crystal Lake Elementary School, Benzonia, MI, submitted by Crystal Milne
Holdingford Elementary School, Holdingford, MN, submitted by Sue Ruprecht
Iditarod Elementary School, Wasilla, AK, submitted by Marilee Nufer
Leicester Middle School, Leicester, MA, submitted by Nikki O’Connor
Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School, Herndon, VA, submitted by Jennette Leiva
Pioneer Elementary School, Pierz, MN, submitted by Miranda Hoheisel
Temple View School, Idaho Falls, ID, submitted by Luci Peck
Ubly Elementary School, Ubly, MI, submitted by Holly McIntyre

Read Live School of the Year Award

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