Posted August 9, 2016
Ann Leon is an Educational Services Consultant for CORE. In addition to 20 years of elementary teaching experience that began in 1980, she spent the following 17 years in the roles of intervention teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, BTSA (beginning teacher) support provider, assistant principal, and literacy consultant.
Mrs. Leon has presented countless professional learning sessions to pre-service teachers, teachers, para-professionals, and administrators from urban, suburban, and rural districts across the country. Working with teachers in the areas of beginning reading development, RtII, MTSS, meeting the needs of English Learners, and data analysis are part of her on-going commitment since 2000.
In the pursuit of her own ongoing learning, Mrs. Leon had the privilege to learn from and work closely with the late John Shefelbine, lead author of SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, & Sight Words, © 2001, 2007, 2014) from 2000 to 2016. Her own growth and dedication evolved into supporting principals and teachers in professional learning – making instructional shifts toward powerful reading instruction by identifying and using Scientifically-Based Reading Research methods and programs, deepening teacher knowledge in their current practice, and utilizing a lesson study approach in working with students to support teachers.
Mrs. Leon’s continued commitment to reading acquisition and instruction all point toward having an impact on teachers’ instructional practice and the belief that all teachers can teach all children to read.