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Brianna Santowski

Hello! I am a K/1 AIS teacher here at WES. The ‘21-’22 school year was my first year at WES. Prior to coming here, I also have experience as a K-4 AIS teacher and a third grade teacher at my previous districts. I recently graduated with a master’s degree from SUNY Oneonta in literacy education and am incredibly passionate about teaching reading to young students. When I am not teaching, I enjoy hiking, reading, going to concerts, going to the beach,  watching my favorite shows and movies, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to another great school year at WES!

Helpful Information for Parents: 

- Info on at-home phonemic awareness activities: https://heggerty.org/parents/
- Ask who, what, when, where, and why questions when reading with your child in addition to questions such as,  Have you ever been in a similar situation to this character? What would you do if you were in the character’s shoes? Or What information did we learn so far? 
- Encourage your child to write using engaging prompts: 251 FREE Creative Writing Prompts for Kids • JournalBuddies.com
- If your child is stuck decoding a word, ask them to use what they know about a word, such as glued sounds, vowel sounds, etc. 
- Practice Fundations trick words with your child.
- Websites/apps for Reading/Math Support: Raz Kids, Epic!, Sora, Xtra Math, Prodigy, iReady
- Math Concepts to practice: math facts, addition and subtraction problems, word problems, identifying 10 more/ten less, 1 more/1 less than a number, and identifying place value in numbers (100’s, 10’s and 1’s).

If you have any questions, email me at brianna.santowski@webutuck.org