Posted August 9, 2016
Sara Tellman Veloz’ career in education spans over twenty years. She spent the first twelve years teaching in a large urban school district in Northern California. Equipped with a baccalaureate degree in Child Development, a master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Literacy, a teaching credential specializing in cross cultural education, and additional authorizations in literacy and English language learning, Sara has developed extensive experience teaching in diverse classrooms.
Outside the classroom, Sara has developed experience in curriculum design, professional development, and instructional coaching. In 2003, Sara participated with a team of teachers and curriculum designers in developing a revised edition of a successful reading intervention curriculum. Currently, Sara works nationally and internationally as an independent education consultant and instructional coach. In 2013 and 2014 Sara traveled to northern India to provide not for profit professional development in English acquisition methodology and best practices in reading instruction to Tibetan middle and high school teachers. A joint venture sponsored by the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation, an NGO dedicated to Tibetan Education in exile, and the Tibetan Department of Education, Sara’s work with the English Acquisition Project is expected to continue for several years.
While much of her work remains focused on providing instruction for struggling readers, Sara also consults on effective literacy practices for on-grade-level readers. Additionally, Sara presents and coaches widely on such topics as improving teacher preparedness to teach; maximizing student engagement through sustained Academic Conversations between student partnerships; interpreting student achievement data and implementing effective instructional responses for all levels of student achievement; and delivering effective instruction to English Learners.