Hi! My name is Lindsey Heritage, and I am the Interventionist/Read to be Ready District Coach for Tara Oaks Elementary School. My role is to support the teachers in helping students meet their Reading goals. I will be working with groups of students from Kinder-5th grade, for an hour at a time, each day. I will be utilizing many programs to meet the student's needs this year such as Brigance Reading, Great Leaps Reading, and Leveled Literacy Instruction: Fountas and Pinnell, as well as numerous manipulatives, board games, and computer games. I also love to involve technology into my program as much as possible. Some apps that I'm going to be incorporating this year are SeeSaw and Flipgrid.
As well as being the Reading Interventionist for Tara Oaks Elementary, I am also one of the 5 district coaches for Read to be Ready in Collierville. This new Reading incentive's goal is to see that 43% of students who are reading on grade level in 3rd grade, move to 75% by 2025. In this added role, I have the opportunity to assist teachers in K-3 with lesson planning, co-teaching, and mentoring. Read to be Ready includes Interactive Read Alouds, Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading. Complex texts that are 1-2 grade levels above the child's current grade level are utilized to increase vocabulary and comprehension awareness to every child in the classroom, no matter the ability level. Finally, students work on Daily and Culminating tasks where they have the opportunity to write about their reading, and do projects over the books that they have read. http://www.tn.gov/readtobeready
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Texas A&M University, and a Master's Degree in Administration from Concordia University. I am certified in both ESL and Gifted/Talented Education. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade over my 14 years of experience teaching.
I have been married to my husband, Ryan, for 9 years, and am the mother to three beautiful girls. Bella is 8 in Third Grade here at Tara Oaks, Randi is 5 in Kindergarten here, and Piper is 2. I am extremely excited to start my fourth year at Tara Oaks, and can't wait to watch the student's grow in their love of reading! Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all! Happy Trails!
GoodReads.com is a great website where you and your child can create a profile to keep track of the books that they have read. After completing a book, your child can give the book a rating of how well they liked it. The website keeps track of the books that you liked, and didn't like, then gives you suggestions of books that you may want to read. There is also a section where you can keep track of books that you'd like to read in the future based off of their suggestions. Once you get into it, you can start adding friends, and finding out what they are reading, and their thoughts on their books as well. It's like a Facebook for BOOKS!!!
Reading Parent Resource Packet
If you are looking for ideas on how to help your child with their Reading Fluency, Vocabulary, or Comprehension skills, please visit our Tara Oaks Elementary webpage. Under the Parent section, click "Reading Parent Resource Packet." This packet is specifically designed with these skills in mind! There are games to play, websites to visit, and activities to do at home to enhance these skills. Happy Reading!