Archive for Thursday, September 21, 2006

Literacy coach ready to offer reading suggestions to students

September 21, 2006

Carolyn Boyd's work follows her home every night. But she doesn't mind.

When she's not teaching reading at Lansing Intermediate School, Boyd enjoys "The Left Behind" series and suspense novels by Dean Koontz and Mary Higgins Clark.

But the new literacy coach at LIS also takes time to read the children's books that earn the annual Newbery Medal and William Allen White Children's Book Awards.

"I know which books to share with students when they have trouble picking one out. There are kids who (say), 'I need a good book to read,' and they have no clue where to go to get one. Then I can say, 'This one is really good,'" Boyd said.

As a literacy coach, Boyd works with students individually and in groups to help improve reading levels.

Lately, Boyd sees how her favorite book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss, applies to her life, which has experienced many changes.

She just left a 28-year teaching career in Fowler, a small 1A school south of Dodge City.

Through the years, she taught reading, math and social studies at the elementary school and coached girls' high school track, volleyball, basketball and tennis.

During the summer, she moved to Overland Park, where her husband, Dan Boyd, works for Kansas Gas Service.

Boyd says she didn't make any hasty decisions while looking for a new job.

She searched for more than a year before she accepted the newly created literacy coach position at LIS. She called it "a perfect match."

"When I interviewed for it, it just seemed like the teachers and administration were really open to the idea of having a literacy coach come in and help their students," Boyd said. Her only challenge, she said, is remembering all the new names. It was a simpler task at Fowler, where her class sizes ranged between 5 and 21.

Boyd is also a mother to two sons who attend college: Nicholas, 21, and Nathan, 19.

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