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February 13, 2016 0

 Matt Stephens, Co-Founder 

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Matt, an 11th-year general educator.

Matt has taught 7th and 8th grade for 11 combined years, the last 6 of which have been at E.L. Haynes Public Charter Middle School in Washington, DC. He’s grown a lot since his days as a Teach For America Corps Member at Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles. Through years of teaching, training and collaboration he’s learned the techniques and strategies that help all students succeed. Specifically, he’s been trained in the Readers and Writers Workshop model and the EngageNY curriculum. Recently, he was recognized for his standardized test scores. His value-added score for the 2013-2014 DC CAS placed him in the top 95% of all DC 7th grade teachers. He’s been the grade-level chair at E.L. Haynes since 2013 and recently led an effort to restructure the Tier 2 Literacy intervention program. (Matt@GrowingReadersDC.com)


Rob Fleisher, Co-Founder 

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Rob, a 6th-year inclusion teacher

Rob earned a Master’s of Education with a focus in Special Education from George Mason University in 2012 as part of his experience in Teach For America. Rob started his career as a high school Special Educator, but realized his greatest impact could be in helping younger students develop the skills needed to make them high school ready. Subsequently, he moved to E.L. Haynes PCS and teamed up with Matt for the first time in 2012. At E.L. Haynes, Rob became an expert in the Readers and Writers Workshop model and learned how to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of struggling readers. One way Rob did this was by implementing various types of Assistive Technology in his classroom, such as audiobooks and text-to-speech technologies. This expertise led E.L. Haynes to select him to become the Assistive Technology Pilot Coordinator in the spring of 2015. Since then, Rob has delivered numerous professional development trainings on the subject. Rob also had the opportunity to coach new TFA Corps Members at the Philadelphia Summer Institute in 2014. (Rob@GrowingReadersDC.com)


Sandra Mun, Response to Intervention and Literacy Specialist 

Sandra taught third and fourth grade at Chamberlain FPCS in Washington DC for four years. She spent two of those years as a Teach For America corps member and two as a content specialist, providing tailored professional development to corps members. The reality that shaped her most during this time was teaching a class of students reading across a span of a kindergarten level to a sixth grade level. Her instruction was driven by problem solving and collaboration, as she crafted phonics lessons with a first grade teacher one day and wrote guided reading plans with a 6th grade teacher the next day.

Teach For America teacher Sandra Jin at Friendship Chamberlain Elementary School in Washington, DC, Tuesday May 31, 2011. (Photos by Toby Jorrin for Teach For America)

Sandra, an experienced general educator, reading interventionist and RTI coordinator

This breadth of experience enabled her to transition to E. L. Haynes PCS where she became the reading interventionist for the middle school campus. She worked closely with the leadership team to create a tiered intervention system. Since then, Sandra has taken on the role of RTI coordinator at Haynes, working with teachers, administrators, and parents to provide students with the on-going support they need to succeed. (Sandra@GrowingReadersDC.com)


Anna Hodges, Literacy and Curriculum Specialist


Anna is an experienced general educator and curriculum developer

Anna has taught English Language Arts to students at various grade levels for just shy of a decade.  For the first three years of her career, Anna taught adult English Language Learners before transitioning into the secondary classroom. Anna has trained in Reading and Writing Workshop, focusing closely on differentiating instruction to meet the needs of struggling and gifted learners alike. She specifically devotes herself to researching strategies that increase student engagement in challenging and complex texts such as debate protocol, close reading protocol, and using music as a gateway to analyzing paired texts. In addition to managing the daily ins-and outs of the sixth-grade classroom, she also writes curriculum for a locally-based educational technology company. When she’s not excitedly discussing lesson plans, you can find her hopelessly attempting to train her dog Basil in the intricacies of “fetch”, getting in a good workout, or reading a cookbook from cover to cover. Anna has a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University. (Anna@GrowingReadersDC.com)


Brittney McFadden, Social Media Coordinator

brittneymcfadden(headshot)Brittney is a current second year Masters student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  Throughout her Master’s program, Brittney has focused intentionally on social justice issues within education by advising student leaders on campus and working with first generation college students.  As a final semester graduate student Brittney is in charge of event planning, student outreach and recruitment, and various communication efforts within her department. In addition to her experiences at Virginia Tech Brittney has served as an independent writer for a technological solutions company and graduate intern at Stanford University with a college prep summer program for rising high school seniors. Brittney earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in History from Alfred University and during her undergraduate career was deeply involved in campus life as a resident assistant, peer mentor, Women’s Leadership Academy graduate, and a student-athlete. (Brittney@GrowingReadersDC.com)

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