Title I teacher Theresa McCain at Gardner School, a high-poverty school in Gardner, teaches math to second and fourth graders, reading to fourth and seventh graders, and one-on-one intensive reading with young children in grades 1-3. With this latter group, Mrs. McCain uses a Reading Recovery model she adapted for Gardner School to ensure that every student can read by the third grade. Her "math backpacker" enrichment program helps students develop math skills with the aid of family members. She has won recognition for her volunteer literacy tutoring program, PALS (People Actively Listening to Students Read). Mrs. McCain frequently aligns her curriculum to state standards, employs alternative assessments, and trains her colleagues to do the same.
1973 University of Wyoming, B.S.