Ann is currently creating a driver education program for teen and adult drivers at Hocking College in Nelsonville OH. More students that one would think, forgo getting a driver's license as a teen these days. She's excited about filling a need in her local area and assisting local community college students prepare for their work life. Ann retired herself after 20+ years in the public school system and is enjoying other teaching related adventures. Prior to her self retirement, her Chauncey Elementary students were consolidated in the fall of 2012 to The Plains Elementary School a few miles away, Ann Cunningham joined the staff and students at The Plains Elementary School as their math coordinator. She employed the same principles for teaching and learning that she used successfully in her former position as Literacy Coordinator at Chauncey Elementary School. In 2000, when Chauncey Elementary School in Chauncey, Ohio reorganized its reading program in the primary grades, teacher Ann Cunningham pursued a position as the school's primary literacy coordinator. She transferred from teaching sixth grade to first grade and underwent intensive training through Ohio State University's Literacy Collaborative, under the influence of Marie Clay, world renowned for her reading work and influence in Reading Recovery methods. Ann had the great fortune to be mentored by Mary Fried, Peg Gwyther, Pat Sharer, and Lynda Mudre at OSU. In three years as literacy coordinator, Ms. Cunningham restructured the school's reading assessments using a collaborative team approach, helped teachers fully implement literacy collaborative strategies, created a book room containing leveled books for use by teachers in the primary grades, and worked diligently with the staff and students to change students' beliefs that they could succeed using a little competition with themselves. She loved promoting reading each morning by greeting students and parents with a book cart on wheels. Her work helped third graders increase their reading scores by 14 percent over the previous year and helped kindergarteners entering first grade achieve the highest entry-level reading scores in the history of the school.
"Never forget who you are, or those who helped you along the way."