Erin Gannon, Reading Specialist at Lulu Ross Elementary, was named Lulu Ross 2013 Teacher of the Year. She will be competing at the district level next where the winner of that competition will face distinguished teachers from across the state of Delaware.
“I am honored to represent Lulu Ross,” commented Mrs. Gannon. “I work with some of the greatest role models here and I want to represent this school as best as I can.”
A graduate of Lake Forest High School in 1997, Erin earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Education from Westchester University in 2001, minoring in Reading. She began her teaching career in the Appoquinimink School District, teaching first grade for three years. While there, she earned her Masters Degree in Literacy and Principalship Certificate at Wilmington University in 2006. Teaching in the Caesar Rodney School District for four years as a third grade teacher and Reading Specialist, Erin decided to move to the Milford School District when the opportunity arose in 2010.
As a Reading Specialist at Lulu Ross Erin works closely with many students at all grade levels, as well as the elementary school staff. Using the Response To Intervention (RTI) program she focuses on the students with the greatest needs in reading and math. Working with ten interventionists at the school, Erin works across multiple grade levels and targets classrooms and individual students to help them meet their Common Core State Standards.
“Many students need to connect and learn material on many different levels before they understand, whether that is visualizing something, hearing it or writing it down,” commented Mrs. Gannon. “It is so important that they understand the fundamentals at this age level while they still have the energy, enthusiasm and desire to learn.”
Three children of her own, 18-month-old twins and a four year old, Mrs. Gannon understands that teaching young children to read can be a learning process in itself. Although children need to be pushed academically, she agrees they need to be guided along the way.
“My four-year-old is picking up reading and wants to do it own his own,” commented Mrs. Gannon. “This is the time to build confidence and give them the tools to succeed on their own. I want to keep him going so I push a little bit, relinquish responsibility and give it back again.”
Working with students over several grade levels and with different levels of involvement at home, Erin admits she is concerned about the current culture and the influence of the education system. She wants to help students realize that working hard, staying focused and setting goals are the tools to success for all students.