• About Tami...

    Position: Reading Specialist

    Room: C16

    Phone: 480-424-8566

    Email: Tami


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    Welcome! My name is Tami and I am the reading specialist at Rice Elementary.

    My Education and Professional Background

    BA Elementary Education

    MS Curriculum and Instruction

    Dyslexia Certificate

    I have worked in education for fifteen years in different capacities. I worked in Chandler for ten years at Jacobson Elementary, teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. I left CUSD in 2018 to work as a reading coach supporting K-6 teachers in Arizona and New Mexico. I have returned to CUSD to pursue a career as a reading specialist. I am in the process of completing my second graduate degree in reading science at Mount St. Joseph University and will be graduating in November of 2023.

    My Educational Philosophy

    As a reading specialist, my primary goal is to help each student acquire the necessary reading skills to become proficient readers, but also keep them motivated and engaged in the learning process. I do this by differentiation and providing structured, systematic and explicit reading instruction in a small group setting. I believe in using data to drive all instructional decisions and to ensure students make adequate progress during their time with me.

    I believe ongoing communication between school and home enhances students’ educational experience and promotes learning to the highest level, therefore I encourage parental involvement. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me by email or phone.