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Tatum Ridge Teacher Receives Reading Recovery Council of North America Scholarship

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SARASOTA COUNTY, October 11, 2018 – Tatum Ridge Elementary School is proud to announce that Rachel Chappell has received a Teacher Leader Training Scholarship from the Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA). Mrs. Chappell will be attending National Louis University for a year of full-time studies focusing on how best to help first graders who are struggling with beginning reading and writing. The studies are part of a training program that will qualify Mrs. Chappell to be a Reading Recovery teacher leader.

Teacher Leader Training Scholarships are awarded to school districts that have demonstrated a commitment to Reading Recovery and have selected a suitable teacher leader candidate for the program. The scholarships provide support for the initial training of teacher leaders, which consists of full-time study at Reading Recovery training centers in the United States and Canada. Teacher leaders train and coach Reading Recovery teachers in their districts and teach children having extreme difficulty learning to read and write.

“We are extremely proud of Rachel and all she does for our students,” said Barry Dunn, principal of Tatum Ridge Elementary School. “She is highly experienced and has a proven track record when it comes to delivering reading results. Mrs. Chappell is well-respected by our teachers and will serve as an excellent leader and trainer upon completion of this program. She is an asset to the Tatum team and her students will thrive with this enhanced instruction.”

“I am thrilled to receive this opportunity and cannot thank the RRCNA enough,” commented Rachel Chappell. “Control of the foundational skills of reading and writing is important for our emergent readers. Early readers must understand how the world of print works and ultimately be able to understand the messages found in text. Extending language and meaning through reading and writing continuous text builds confidence in young readers and deepens their understanding of how to approach print. I look forward to sharing my training with my colleagues and am excited to see the positive impact these practices will have on our students.”

Six $15,000 scholarships were awarded to train teacher leaders during the 2018-19 training year. Funds were generously provided by The James P. Verhalen Family Foundation, Hameray Publishing Group/Yuen Family Foundation, Pioneer Valley Books and MaryRuth Books. The awards are administered by the RRCNA.

Sarasota County Schools has been a Reading Recovery site for four years and has 34 Reading Recovery teachers in 23 elementary schools.


About the Donor

The Hameray Publishing Group/Yuen Family Foundation has now supported the training of 20 Reading Recovery teacher leaders through this scholarship program. The Hameray Publishing Group is dedicated to publishing innovative literacy materials for today’s educators. Combining a sound research-based approach with cutting-edge classroom solutions, Hameray has developed literacy materials for struggling readers as well as those reading at grade level. The Yuen Family Foundation is a private charitable organization. In addition to supporting her training, the scholarship offers Rachel $1,000 worth of the publisher’s books.

About the Reading Recovery Council of North America

The Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals and partners. The Council provides a network of professional development opportunities and is an advocate for Reading Recovery in the United States and Canada.

About Reading Recovery

More than 2.4 million struggling first-grade readers and writers in North America have benefitted from the one-to-one teaching expertise of Reading Recovery professionals. The intervention, introduced to North America in 1984 by educators at The Ohio State University, has more research proving its effectiveness than any other beginning reading program.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 52 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit


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