About the Author

Hello and welcome to Comprehension Connection! My name is Carla, and as you can tell from my blog title, I love literacy. I’ve been teaching at the elementary level now for 25 years. About half of that experience was in the regular classroom with grades 1, 4, and 5 and the other half has been as a reading specialist.
I absolutely love teaching and connecting with my school kids who have become an extension of my family. The stories they share with me about their life adventures and their enthusiasm about the books they are currently reading motivate me to do my best for them, and I have really enjoyed sharing products I’ve designed and stories I’ve written with them. My hope is that they see how much I love to write and imitate me in the future. The classroom pictures are from earlier this year.
   

One of the things I love about being a reading specialist is sharing resources and ideas with my colleagues. When I completed the Masters of Reading Education program through the University of Virginia, the final course was Elementary Reading Programs. The content focused on developing your school reading program and coaching teachers. It was shortly after completing this program that I began blogging. The vision I had for my blog was to “Cyber Coach”. I don’t think that’s a real word, but if it were, I’d define it as sharing ideas to mentor colleagues without imposing on them. I think there are many who truly want to learn new approaches, but may not feel comfortable reaching out and asking for assistance. That’s the beauty of blogging. You can be anonymous when you ask questions or when you read on your own!

Blogging has been a win-win experience for me. One win is sharing what I love and the second win of the experience is what I’ve learned and gained in the process. What I did not realize as I began my blogging adventure was how blogging would help me to learn and connect with knowledgeable teacher bloggers who have become my real life friends. It is so wonderful being able to join with them to share our passion for reading and books, go to them when I have questions, and share other points of view through our connections.

When I’m not involved with teaching and designing curriculum, I am off enjoying time with my family. Here is a picture of my crew.

I’ll be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with my husband, Joe, this summer. We have two children whom we adore and one fur baby named Molly. Our son, Sam, is a student at NC State University majoring in physics and computer science.  Our daughter is in the sixth grade, and she is my artsy, musical child. When she’s not singing or making something, she’s usually on Pinterest looking for something to make or do. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling, which is why I went for the travel theme with my blog design.

If you have made it this far, congratulations! You’ve earned a medal (or free resource). I hope that you’ll visit often and share with me your passion for teaching too.

Until next time, happy reading and come back soon!

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