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Year: 2001 – Province: British Columbia

Certificate of Achievement Recipients

Christine Letourneau , Leona Géber , Rebecca Rogers

School: Shannon Lake Elementary School
3044 Sandstone Drive
Westbank, British Columbia  V4T 1T2

Principal: Randy McGraw
School Telephone: 250-768-1553
School Fax: 250-768-1537
School Website: www.sd23.bc.ca/schools/elementary/shannonlk.html
Grades/Subjects Taught: Géber: Grade 1, all subjects except music; Letourneau: Grade 1; Rogers: Learning Assistance Teacher

Teaching Approach:

  • Provide a vibrant, safe learning environment where all students see themselves as successful achievers.
  • To promote and maintain literacy, structured lessons in reading and reading practice must continue through the elementary years.
  • The negative consequences of early reading problems compound over time.

Outstanding Achievements:

Developed, implemented and refined an early literacy program that effectively meets needs of beginning students, minimizing their frustration and increasing their learning. The program screens children entering Kindergarten and grade 1, testing for word and letter recognition, phonemic awareness and concepts of print. The test identifies existing abilities and missing skills, allowing effective early intervention and assistance.

Entertaining and interesting intervention strategies are designed and provided by a team made up of the classroom teacher, speech language teacher, learning assistance teacher and parent volunteers and administered in groups or one on one.

Regular testing assesses the effectiveness of the intervention and refocusses each individual program as necessary. As a result, more students are reading at a higher level and with more confidence.

Rave Reviews:

Without the program and the commitment and dedication of the teachers, I strongly believe that [our son] would not be achieving the success that he is at present. Parent

These three teachers have exhibited great strength in the ability to see a new approach, evaluate and endorse it. Colleague