Elementary ELA News

Greetings from your ELA TOSA

How Can I Help?

Hello All!

If we haven't already met, let me introduce myself. I am your new Elementary ELA TOSA! If you have any questions regarding Reading Street, Units of Study, AIMSWeb, Type-2-Learn, Handwriting Without Tears or any other matter pertaining to Language arts, I'm your person. My job is to make your job easier!

Some background information about me. I am fresh out of the classroom having taught 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th grade in our district. I LOVE teaching! There's nothing else like it. Now, I am working to help teachers - and it turns out that I love this just as much! Helping you be the amazing teachers that you are has been humbling and thrilling.

I want to hear from you. What are you doing in your rooms? What's been successful; what's been a struggle? What do you need from me that will make things easier? I may not have all the answers, but I will work earnestly to get them! If you haven't already, please check out the Elementary ELA Sharepoint site - there are tons of resources here. I hope you will find it answers your many questions. Post questions or comments in the News Feed. There is a special place for you to share what's going on at your grade level: look under "Professional Community" and click on your grade level for a Note Board where you can blog with each other. Drop documents to share with others in your grade level Documents folder.

I take my role very seriously as your TOSA. I am currently working on providing opportunities for teachers to receive more training and work time with grade level colleagues that will meet your real needs. Let me know if you have any ideas on how to best do this.

Please feel free to email or call me if you need anything. I try to respond as immediately as possible - you are my top priority. Thank you to all who have invited me to your classrooms. Whether it was to demonstrate something you are doing, or to get some help with a tricky issue, I loved seeing you and your students!

Therese Brink Edgecomb


Lawrence School District, USD 497

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

~Malala Yousafzai

300 Potential Teachers

I see you...

I read an article by a mom, and I want to share this with you. It perfectly expresses how I feel when I visit you in your schools. Below is an excerpt. It has been wonderful stopping in and visiting with teachers throughout our district. I am simply inspired by all of you!

Then I see you.

I see that you’ve gone all out. As I set my bags of supplies down on the desk, I see my child’s name written in the most beautiful handwriting, carefully added to her desk and sitting next to a princess cup to hold her pencils. Well done. I’ll admit that I’m completely overwhelmed by your room. Seriously, where does one get all of those alphabet letters, addition and multiplication cards, tubs for literally everything, and adorable banner above your desk? How many hours did you spend in this room before you decided it was ready?

I see every detail you’ve added to my child’s learning environment.

I see that you’ve spent a good amount of your summer and almost all of your “spare” money making sure your classroom is a warm and inviting learning place for all the precious children who walk into it. I know you had a supplies list that was much longer than mine and carefully checked off each item as you put it in your cart, knowing that you were well over budget.

Bottom line, sweet teachers: school just started, and I’ll bet you’re wiped out and definitely a little lighter in the bank account; but I see you. I see how hard you’ve worked before the first day of school even started. I see that you chose this job not to get rich or famous. I see that you chose this job because you love it and the kids, and because you know that the sacrifices you’ve made, money you’ve spent, and hours you’ve dedicated outside of that building are molding our younger generation to grow up to do big things.

Wonderful teachers, we’re in this together, and I see you.

~Candice Curry from: https://alamocity.citymomsblog.com/2015/08/20/dear-teachers-youre-not-fooling-me/