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Shannon Landefeld Yowaiski (MD '08)

Elementary Reading Instructional Specialist

Prince George's County Public Schools
Capitol Heights, MD

Subject(s) taught: Reading
Grade(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

At the time of the Award, Shannon Landefeld Yowaiski was:

Tulip Grove Elementary School
Bowie, MD

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 4

Biographical Information

Currently an instructional specialist for Prince George's County Public schools,Shannon Landefeld previously taught fourth and first grade at Tulip Grove, establishing a solid academic foundation for her students that helped them make significant academic growth in subsequent grades. Between 2003 and 2007, Maryland School Assessment (MSA) scores rose by 18 percent in reading and 32 percent in math increases that Landefeld is credited with helping to foster.
As a first-grade teacher, she differentiated instruction to target students' specific needs, using technology, art, music and writing to enhance their strengths. Many first graders who began the year at level three on the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) left her classroom reading at level 28 or higher, equivalent to second- and third-grade-level reading. Landefeld has served on the district's science leadership team, and has written curriculum for first and second graders including those classified as gifted and talented.
Landefeld has serves as the school's Professional Development Schools coordinator for Bowie State University. She was recognized in 2007 with an Excellence in Education Achievement Award from the City of Bowie. In the summer of 2011, Ms. Landefeld served as a mentor teacher for the Maryland State Department of Education's Educator Effectiveness Academies. In this role, Ms. Landefeld provided training to teachers throughout the state on the new Common Core State Standards.

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1999 Elon University, B.A.