Create joy in the classroom and help your students soar!
Highly effective instruction is JOYFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and EVIDENCE-BASED.
You love to teach but your instruction is missing one thing… the JOY factor! Joyful instruction not only fosters a lifelong love of learning but also boosts engagement.
You’re a rockstar teacher, ⭐✨
LOOKING FOR SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS SOAR.
You want to plan lessons that are engaging using evidence-based practices that will accelerate student learning but without adding more to your plate.
You want your students to be lifelong learners who are excited to learn in your classroom, but you don’t have hours and hours to prep.
You’ve heard about the science of reading, but you don’t have time to read through pages and pages of research studies to find the best strategies for effective reading instruction.
You want your students to excel at reading, but you can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars out of your own pocket to pay for literacy courses. (Nor should you!)
You’re in just the right place!
That’s where I come in.
👋I’m April, and I create games, activities, and resources to make evidence-based learning JOYFUL and easy to prep.
As a teacher specialist with 10+ years in special education and an Associate level certification in the Orton-Gillingham structured literacy approach, I specialize in creating joyful reading resources based on the science of reading that are engaging, effective, evidence-based, and easy to prep so you can SAVE TIME ⏰ and LOVE WHAT YOU DO 💖!
To date, I have helped over 30,000 educators bring joyful learning to their classrooms with my resources.
Wanna know a secret? 🤫
When I became a teacher, I had NO idea how to teach students to read! 📚 I had a self-contained class with 14 students who were waiting for me to learn how to teach them. And you know what? I STUNK. Big time. So, after my second year teaching, I finally decided to fill in the gaps left by my teacher preparation program. I paid out of pocket for a 60-hour Orton-Gillingham certification course and it was the best money I ever spent!
I spent that summer working with an Orton-Gillingham fellow, reading, laminating all the things, and learning what it takes to be an effective reading teacher. Since then, I’ve finished my masters, taken dozens of courses on structured literacy and multisensory math, and presented at conferences. My students have made exceptional growth in reading and I credit it all to the time I spent learning how to teach students to read using a structured literacy approach.
Trainings and Certifications 🎓
📖 Orton-Gillingham Associate Level Certification
📖 LETRS Trained
📖 Multisensory Math Trained (Marilyn Zecher)
📖 Framing Your Thoughts Trained (Project Read/Language Circle)
I also learned the SECRET INGREDIENT THAT MAKES LEARNING STICK…
And I cannot wait to share the secrets of joyful learning with you!