About Mona Voelkel

I am an educator with over 20  years’ experience as a Reading Specialist, Grades 3-5.  My passion is giving students the skills and strategies to become self-directed learners who can think critically and with empathy.  My connection with families, knowledge of assessments and ability to personalize interventions form the bedrock of my practice, along with collaboration with colleagues and ongoing professional development.

Three times a year for over 10  years, my colleagues and I have presented grant-funded Family Reading Nights on a variety of literacy topics. We have also written and received grants for such initiatives as a Mentor Text Book Room( shown), Writing Night, Math Night (to introduce families to the Common488302330.975568 Core standards and Healthy Games Night ( providing families with strategies for success and wellness).  From 1997-2015, I implemented a Monthly Writing Contest/Challenge in order to foster positive attitudes towards writing.  Students and their families were invited to share their work at Writers’ Breakfasts.  These collaborative projects have helped me grow as an educator and build strong collegial and community connections while advocating for literacy.

I have led staff development in the areas of assessment (Scholastic Reading Inventory, Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarks), Common Core Standards, Small Group Instruction and iPads in the Classroom.  I believe that adults and children alike learn best when learning is meaningful, interactive and ongoing.  As a lifelong learner, I am continuously building upon my literacy knowledge and recently renewed my National Board certification in Literacy.

The Maker Movement has captured my imagination and I envision this blog as a place to make things: blog posts, images, vocabulary lessons, etc. while exploring current topics in literacy, children’s literature and best practices.