• Reading Recovery Overview

    Reading Recovery is a thoroughly researched and proven early literacy intervention for the lowest-achieving first graders. Individual students work one-to-one with a specially trained teacher for only 12 to 20 weeks and receive daily 30-minute lessons. After a full series of lessons, about 72% of students achieve grade-level standard. Reading Recovery received the highest possible rating for general reading achievement of all beginning reading programs reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse. The Reading Recovery network provides the support necessary to produce these gains with students. Recently, a federally funded independent evaluation found large gains for the lowest-performing students, as 3,675 teachers were trained in 1,321 schools across a 5-year scale-up grant.

    Find out more about Reading Recovery at ReadingRecovery.org.

  • Homework

    Each day our reading students will take home a reading log and 3 books.  Students should read these books to an adult.  The books will have been read at school at least three times before they are sent home.  Sit next to your child and follow along as you listen to your child read, and ensure that no words are substituted (even those with a similar meaning).  It is important that students attend to print.  Once the books have been read, sign the book log, and read any comments that may be written on the log.  Your questions or comments may also be written on the log.  Return the books and reading log each day.

    Students will also bring home a cut-up story in an envelope.  This is the same story that the child wrote in the journal that day.  Students should reread the sentence on the outside of the envelope, flip the envelope over, then assemble the sentence without looking at the envelope.  Have the student read the sentence back to you and then glue the sentence to the provided piece of paper.  Return the sentence with the books.

Cynthia Blake

Phone: 912-826-4200


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Cynthia Blake

This is my fourth year in Reading Recovery at Blandford Elementary. Previously, I taught third grade at Blandford Elementary for twelve years. I graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University and obtained my Master's in Early Childhood Education Reading and Mathematics in 2010 from Walden University. I completed my Reading Recovery training through Georgia State University.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family & pets, camping, kayaking, reading, sewing, crocheting, and embroidering.  I am blessed to have a career where I can share my love of reading with children.  

I look forward to working with our BES students one-on-one this school year to help them increase their reading and writing skills. In addition to working with students one-on-one, I meet with small groups of students in various grade levels to work on reading and writing skills.

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Michelle Van Sickle

Phone: 912.826.4200


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Michelle Van Sickle

I am a Reading Recovery teacher and Literacy Intervention Specialist at Blandford Elementary.  I graduated from Effingham County High School and Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education.  I received Reading Recovery endorsement through Georgia State University.  I began teaching at South Effingham Elementary in 1990, where I taught second grade for nine years.  After having twins, I remained at home with them for five years.  In 2004, I returned to teaching at Rincon Elementary, where I taught second grade for two years and Reading Recovery for six years.  This is my eleventh year teaching Reading Recovery at Blandford Elementary.  I also taught Reading Recovery part time at Springfield Elementary one year.
When I'm not teaching, I stay busy with my family and church.  Our twins are now engineers, and we welcomed a new daughter-in-law into our family this summer.  I love to read, and hope to pass that love of reading on to my students.  I also like to garden and visit state parks to kayak and hike.

Jamie Wohler

Phone: 912-826-4600


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Jamie M. Wohler

Hi!  Here's a little bit of information about me.  I am 46 years old, and I am originally from Savannah.  I graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1998 with a BS in Early Childhood Education.
I have been teaching since 1999.   I earned my master's degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in December 2008. 
I married my wonderful husband, Mike, in October 1998. We are the proud parents of Riley, who is 19 and is starting her sophomore year at the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!), and Jack, who is 12 and is in 7th grade at Ebenezer Middle School. He loves to play soccer, tennis, the saxophone,  and anything to do with aviation. ;)
In my free time (when I have any), I love to go to church, travel, read, shop, watch The University of Michigan (and now the Dawgs of course) play football (GO BLUE!!), and spend time with family and friends. 



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Time Group

7:35 - 8:20 Reading Recovery Student

8:20 - 9:05 CIM Group

9:05 - 9:50 Reading Recovery Student

9:50 - 10:35 Reading Recovery Student

10:35 - 11:20 CIM Group

11:20 - 12:05 Reading Recovery Student

12:05 - 12:35 Lunch

12:35 - 1:30 Planning

1:30 - 2:20 CIM Group

2:20 Car Duty

Last Modified on November 11, 2022