Layers of support for early literacy success are needed to ensure ALL learners grow into readers. When students are having difficulty learning to read they need access to an early, systematic, Tier 2 reading intervention. Since we do not know which students will have difficulty learning to read, it is imperative that students have access to Tier 2 supports at EVERY school. Providing access at every school is not easy in a district with over 17,000 students, but when you have an administrator with a dream, anything is possible! Napa Valley Unified was fortunate to have Dr. Laura Ryan, whose dream was to help EVERY child learn to read. This dream inspired her pioneering efforts which now ensures access to a Tier 2 reading intervention for students in the Napa Valley Unified School District.
Access to a district-wide Tier 2 reading intervention must be combined with an exceptional educator who intuitively understands the nuanced needs of her individual students. When learning to read is difficult, it takes a focused, skilled, caring champion to provide empathetic instruction and guidance. A person who believes we can and won't give up on us when we are questioning why, how, and when?
There is no accelerated path to take when pushing through an area of challenge. There is no "Easy Button" to push. It is the process of putting one foot in front of the other, slow and steady, day by day, wrapped in the light of a believer, that builds a reader who is able to crack the reading code. Mrs. Hattich this light is YOU!