Ms. Potter’s passion for teaching children to read has inspired her career. After earning her Master of Arts in Education, she served as a reading intervention teacher at an elementary school for two years. As she approached the end of her first year as a Colonial Schools preschool teacher, Ms. Potter recognized the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom.
Building off the summer enrichment programming already offered by Colonial Schools, Ms. Potter developed a literacy program that will begin this June. Consisting of six, half-hour sessions, Ms. Potter will work one-on-one with students to meet their individual needs. Her expertise in reading intervention led her to divide the program into three focuses: letter recognition, beginning reading, and handwriting. Letter recognition is for those students who have not yet mastered their alphabet, beginning reading is for students that can recognize letters but are learning to form words and sentences, and handwriting is learning the correct formation of letters and words in writing.
She feels that the benefit of a summer literacy program is twofold: it allows her to have one-on-one time with each student, and it bridges the learning gap that can happen over summer break. Continuing education over the summer months allows students to build off of what they learned during the school year, and better prepares them for the year ahead.
Ms. Potter has been overjoyed with the positive response to the inaugural program, and hopes to see it continue for years to come.
“If you can read, you can do anything. It’s really important to have that foundation.”
Those interested in the program can schedule individual sessions for their child by contacting Colonial Schools at 513-867-4006. For more on our summer camps, click here.