Mrs. Kristine Churchman
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I completed my undergraduate work at Northern Arizona University in Elementary and Special Education. That was in the dim past -- May of 1976.
Since the fall of '76, I have served Mesa Public Schools at Franklin and Adams Schools as a Learning Disability-Resource teacher for 5 years. Then I served as a teacher trainer for LD teachers for 4 years. In 1983, I completed my Masters of Arts in Education at ASU.
I served Johnson Elementary as a LD-Resource teacher for five years since its opening in the fall of 1985, followed by third grade for 14 years and 3 years in second grade. Then, I retired, to work half time and taught Kindergarten at Hale School for two years, followed by two years teaching as an English Language Development teacher at MacArthur Elementary. During this time, I also taught teachers for Ottawa University and Mesa Community College. Now, I teach students to increase their reading skills for the Longfellow Falcons. This is my 41st year teaching.
On a more personal note, I am the first girl in my family to speak English as my first language. My grandparents emigrated from Italy in 1914, so my mother first heard English when she started school in Kindergarten. She was the one who taught her parents to speak English. I come to the teaching of reading with an understanding of both the difficulties and joys of learning to read. I have a husband, Wayne. We have two children: Dan, age 33, an ASU grad, and Kelsey, age 21, attending ASU. At home, I love to bicycle ( I bicycle to school most days), and write.
Please, feel free to call me with any questions. Here are a few websites that are very helpful in learning to read --