Hello and welcome to Literacy with Lisa!  I’m so glad that you’re here.

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You’re probably wondering who I am and why I started this site.  In my 20 years as an educator, I have enjoyed various roles: first, second and third grade classroom teacher, graduate education adjunct, and a literacy coach for an urban non-profit.  In the latter role, I had the pleasure of working with dozens of teachers in the Philadelphia area, supporting their instruction, interacting with students and learning from their teaching.  This experience was one that greatly impacted my thoughts and philosophy on literacy instruction and education as a whole. Currently, I work as a K – 4 reading specialist. I love supporting readers and watching them grow!

I am also passionate about reading and writing in the field of education and have contributed to Heinemann’s Digital Campus Library, http://www.heinemann.com/PD/digitallibrary/default.aspx, and also Children’s Literacy Initiative’s online site for teachers, www.cliontheweb.org.  For tips/ideas geared specifically for parents, check out my other blog: Say Goodbye to Summer Slide.

What else?

I live with my husband and two teenagers in a suburb outside of Philadelphia.  I love reading, yoga, running and traveling. My favorite hobby is water-skiing and in the summer you will usually find me at the lake!

Lake Sunset

So why did I start this site? I created it as a place for teachers and parents to come to find inspiration, to reflect on their own practices and to share ideas related to literacy. Where we can grow and learn together as we support our children to become better readers, writers, thinkers and ultimately, responsible, confident and independent human beings.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lisa Mazinas

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