Brooke is a Pennsylvania certified elementary teacher who has a Masters degree in Reading and holds a Reading Specialist certificate. She taught 1st grade and kindergarten for seven years in both PA and Charlotte, NC. In addition, she is also trained in the Wilson Reading System.
In 2013, she formed “Little Ones for Literacy, LLC.” LOFL offers a summer literacy camp that aims to help students in grades K – 3rd avoid the ‘summer slide’ (skill regression during the long summer months). The camp received an outstanding response and was voted “Best Camp on the Main Line” by Main Line Parent Magazine in the spring of 2014.
In the fall of 2014 “Little Ones for Literacy” launched their new Kindergarten Enrichment program designed to give half day kindergarten students a strong literacy boost in their day. The program was recognized in Philly Family magazine and was the recipient of their LOVE award for best Enrichment Program in the spring of 2015.
In addition, Brooke is a private literacy tutor for students ages Pre-K through 5th grade and was recently awarded “Best Tutor” in Main Line Parent Magazine in the spring of 2015 and 2016. Each of the programs LOFL offers is guided by Brooke’s philosophy of teaching that, “one size does not fit all.” All children are unique learners and it is our job as educators to meet each of their individual needs – all while making learning fun and exciting!
Brooke is currently the full-time learning specialist at the Holy Child School at Rosemont supporting students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade.
Mollie earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Elementary and Special Education. She continued on at Saint Joe’s to earn her Masters in Special Education with a concentration in reading. She is certified in elementary education, special education, and is a reading specialist. She has over 10 years of experience working with children aged 4-20 with varying reading diagnoses. She believes that children need to learn the building blocks of reading early on through multi-sensory, phonics based instruction. Mollie uses children’s strengths to increase their confidence and motivate them into falling in love with reading!
Erin graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught second grade in Florida and after moving to Pennsylvania, taught first grade at The Shipley School for 4 years. Erin has also been a substitute teacher in “Little Ones for Literacy’s” Kindergarten Enrichment program. She has a passion for helping children develop their literacy skills and enjoys working with them through each phase of the process.
Lianne is certified in elementary education and has a masters degree in reading. She attends Chestnut Hill College, where she is working toward her special education certification. She has four years of teaching experience with students in PreK though eighth grade. She currently works for the School District of Philadelphia as a PreK teacher. Her passion is teaching her young students the early literacy and social skills they need to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond. She focuses on using a multi-sensory approach to help students learn in a variety of ways.
Nicole graduated from Penn State University with a degree in elementary education and a minor in human development. She taught first grade for three years in Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. Nicole recently earned her Master’s degree in Reading, Writing, and Literacy, with a Reading Specialist certification. She is currently teaching third grade at a private school in Wilmington, DE. She employs a holistic approach to teaching, hoping to foster development across domains. Specifically, in literacy, her focus is providing meaning-driven curricula and individualized learning experiences for each of her students.
Mary Kate earned her undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University in elementary and special education. She continued on to Boston College to complete a master’s degree in educational and developmental psychology. When in Boston, Mary Kate taught fourth grade and learning support for grades K-6. She currently oversees student support services at a school in NE Philadelphia where she has the opportunity to coach teachers and provide both push in and pull out support for students with learning difficulties. Mary Kate believes that all students can be successful readers when their individual needs are considered and engaging activities are utilized!
Jackie holds teaching certificates in Elementary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from West Chester University. She previously taught PreK for three years. She is currently teaching English in elementary schools in the Upper Darby School District. She focuses on using meaningful, individualized instruction to reach all students and give them the tools to grow.
Lauren holds a Pennsylvania teaching certification in the areas of elementary and special education, along with a certification in reading. She received her Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Elementary, Special education , along with a degree in Reading from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She has taught grades Kindergarten through 6th in both New York and Pennsylvania public schools. Lauren has spent 5 years as a special education teacher in Radnor Township School District. Lauren also is certified in the Wilson reading system and believes that every student has the ability to learn with the proper individualized instruction to fit the unique styles of each learner.
Katie is certified in Elementary Education and holds a masters degree in Reading. She has six years of elementary teaching experience and co-created the 2014/2015 “Kindergarten Enrichment” program (which received the Philly Family LOVE award for Best Enrichment Program in the spring of 2015). Katie is also a private literacy tutor for elementary students.
Colleen Tashlik graduated from St.Joseph’s University where she earned both an elementary education and special education degree. Afterwards, she then went on to receive a Masters degree in early childhood with a focus on literacy from Wilkes University. For the past ten years, Colleen has been teaching preschool special education at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Her focus is helping young children develop the skills to succeed in Kindergarten.