Degrees and Certifications:
AA degree in Fine Arts BS degree in Elementary Education
Mrs. Cindy Nichols
The role of being the literacy intervention teacher allows me to have an impact on many students and teachers.
A large portion of my day is devoted to providing a structured intervention to a small group of students in each grade level. We meet for 30-45 minutes daily for Leveled Literacy Intervention, or LLI. What is LLI? LLI is a set of strategic and structured lessons that provide opportunities to read, write, and learn about phonics. Third, fourth, and fifth graders may also dive into novel studies. These lessons are given in addition to the regular reading instruction that the student receives in the classroom.
The other portion of my day is spent meeting with grade level teachers during their Professional Learning Communities. This allows me to help strengthen our tier one instruction.
How did I get to be where I am today? I was born and raised in Iowa. I have always had leadership skills, but I was also drawn to helping others. My third grade teacher first opened my eyes to the career of teaching; the way she taught, encouraged, and created a community of learners was sensational. Although I had the desire to teach, I longed to be in a warmer environment and to be in an area that provided many attractions to visit. Shortly after college graduation, I started my teaching career in Houston. I taught fourth grade, second grade, and even taught summer school to struggling first graders. After seven years of teaching in Alief ISD, I made the change to Fort Bend ISD and taught third graders for six years. I then became the school’s reading specialist for five years. What I loved about that position was that I could make a bigger impact school wide, compared to being in just one classroom. When Fort Bend created a new role titled Literacy Intervention Teacher, I knew this position would allow me to grow professionally and allow me to serve many. I made the move to Walker Station Elementary with the new position and I look forward to starting my seventh year in this position!
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