Faces at North Butler: Meet Alecia Landers

Alecia Landers teaches Title I and At-Risk at North Butler Elementary. (Bethany Carson photo.)

Alecia Landers is a Title I and At-Risk teacher at North Butler Elementary in her second year of teaching. But North Butler isn’t new to her; it’s home—her alma mater. She loves reading, and wants her students to find that same love for the written word.

     Landers starts every day by preparing materials for class, and then serves breakfast duty. At 8 a.m. she starts teaching classes with kindergarten through fourth graders every half hour.

     This January she started working with the Fountas and Pinell Literacy course.

     “I think the most exciting thing we’ve done [this year] is getting this program,” said Landers. “I’ve seen a lot of progress, and the students seem to enjoy it. … There’s a lot of research to back it up. A lot of schools use it. It’s laid out well. The stories are interesting, and the questions call for higher thinking—it gets the kids thinking and gets their brains spinning a little more. They can connect with the stories.”

 

Read more in the April 12 edition of the Tribune.