My name is Wendy Mathis and I am a Reading Recovery teacher and Literacy Intervention Specialist at Springfield Elementary School. I graduated from Armstrong State College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I received my Master’s degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. I began teaching in Chatham County in 1992, where I taught both kindergarten and first grade. I also worked as a Reading Interventionist for three years. After having twins, I stayed at home with them until they began pre-k in 2007. I returned to teaching the same year and I have served as a Reading Recovery teacher at Springfield Elementary School for the past 15 years. This will be my 25th year teaching. My twins are now sophomores at the University of Georgia.
Reading Recovery is a first grade early intervention reading program designed to accelerate the progress of students who are struggling with reading and writing. Students work individually with a trained Reading Recovery teacher for 30 minutes a day for 12-20 weeks. The goal of the program is for students to return to the classroom reading at or above grade level.