Meet Lindsay Thomas, an AmeriCorps member with Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps and the author of the July 2007 America Learns National Strategy of the Month!
Lindsay created an engaging yet simple activity to help students learn and practice reading sight and "high-frequency" words without relying on boring methods such as flash card drills or just writing down sentences using one word at a time. Sight and high-frequency words are ones most commonly found in print. Some of these words are not always spelled or decoded phonetically, which is the reason students should learn these words by "sight."
More About Lindsay and Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps
Lindsay decided to join AmeriCorps after reading about the position in a local job posting. “I had just received my elementary teaching certification, and SMILES seemed like a wonderful way to fulfill my desire to teach,” Thomas told us. SMILES implements more than 20 different programs across Western Pennsylvania addressing child development, at-risk youth, school support, service learning, fitness and recreation, human needs, environment, senior citizens and adult education.
And check out what Lindsay's supervisor, Jen Welton, had to say about her: “Lindsay has been a wonderful asset to the Greenville School District through this program. Upon applying to the program, Lindsay indicated that she hoped to contribute her ‘motivated spirit and passion for education.’ To her students benefit, she has done just that. Her caring and creativity are evident in this month’s strategy and we are proud to have hosted a member of her caliber.”
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