You know you’re in the right place if you’re someone who wants to learn more about teaching reading from the very first STEP. This site is for you if you don’t know how to begin, what resources you really need, and what’s worth paying money for and what you can DIY. This site is also for you if you’re just looking for another way to do things. Maybe you’re tired of using workbooks. Maybe you’re looking for a more hands-on approach to teaching reading. 


Hi! I’m Shana. I just retired from teaching after 24 years, so I finally have more time to do the creative things that I have always wanted to do. Don’t get me wrong. I have been making my own teaching materials for a really long time. But, as we all know, teaching is time-consuming! Especially, if you teach the littles! 


My new goal is to create a video tutorial course that will teach parents how to teach their children how to read at home. You will learn all the steps! There are so many important things that you just do as a reading teacher, that most people don’t even think about. Let me know if that is something you would be interested in.  If so, I will keep you updated on my progress.


I was one of those non-traditional students. I went back to college when daughter #1 was 2 and a half and in preschool. She cried every day when I dropped her off. They had the nerve to insist that she take a nap! I had been a stay at home mom from the time she was born and she had never been to daycare or even had anyone who wasn’t a relative take care of her. It was really hard to leave here there! She hated it!


But I continued to pursue my degree, then found out daughter #2 was on the way. She went to finals with me when she was 1 week old! She slept through all of my exams in her denim Snuggly Carrier. Most people had no idea that she was even there until she made a little noise! So, I took 2.5 years off, before I tried again. By then, my oldest daughter was in Kindergarten and my youngest was in preschool. I went to two colleges at the same time and had 1 week off between semesters! I don’t remember sleeping much then.


I finally graduated and got my Teaching Certificate! I started my teaching career in the ’90s as a Title One Teaching Assistant in Kansas. My first job consisted of managing the entire K-6 student body in a Title One Reading Computer Lab for 15-minute sessions every day. There was a lot of scheduling, management, and organization.


One year later, I was offered the job of Title One Reading Teacher / Reading Recovery Teacher and started my Reading Recovery training. I taught there for 6 years. Reading Recovery required so much paperwork, but it was the best part of my day! I got to work with the lowest students with the most needs 1:1 every morning. The other half of my day was with small groups from each grade level.


A divorce and a move took me to Illinois where I taught Primary Reading to 1st and 2nd graders for 11 years and RTI (Response To Intervention) to grades K-4 for 2 years. One more divorce and move sent me back to Kansas to teach 4th grade for 2 years, then Math Enrichment for 1 year, and finally 1st grade for 2 years. I love First Graders! It was so rewarding to teach them. They make larger gains than any other grade level. I retired after finishing a year with an amazing class of students and parents. Great memories to take with me as I moved again. This time to Texas where I currently live.


The one constant in all of this is my love of teaching reading. When you ask a First Grade class at the beginning of the year the one thing they want to learn… they all want to learn how to read! If they’re already reading, they want to learn how to read chapter books! Seeing the joy on the face of a non-reader when they finally get it always made my day! They run up to you to share a practiced book and can’t wait to tell you they can read it! Reading is a big deal! In this blog, I will try to share all the steps that I do, so that you too can teach someone else how to read. It’s the best feeling in the world! Let’s get started and learn the Steps2Read!

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