Literacy Specialists

Literacy Specialists
Susan Bartholio and Laura Kirk



Literacy Specialists

As literacy specialists we believe that all students need access to high quality literacy instruction.  We partner closely with classroom teachers and parents to provide high quality literacy instruction for all primary students at Soaring Hawk.  

What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders. The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good classroom teaching.  Individual students receive a half-hour lesson each school day for 12 to 20 weeks with a specially trained Reading Recovery teacher. As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued, and new students begin individual instruction.

What are Literacy Groups?

Literacy groups are a highly effective short-term intervention of a small group of students with similar literacy goals.  Students receive thirty minutes of targeted instruction each school day with a specially trained literacy teacher in a small group.  These small groups may continue for 6 to 9 weeks.  As soon as students can meet grade-level expectations and demonstrate that they can continue to work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued. 


Susan Bartholio
Bartholio

My name is Susan Bartholio and I am a Literacy Specialist at Soaring Hawk. This is my 5th year in this position in Douglas County. I taught 1st and 2nd grade here at SHE before moving into a Literacy Specialist role. I have made many friends here and love everything about my job!

I live in Castle Rock with my husband and daughter who attends CVHS. Go Sabercats! I enjoy spending time with my 4 children and 5 grandchildren. We love family dinners and exploring beautiful Colorado mountain towns.


Laura Kirk
Kirk

Hi! My name is Laura Kirk and I am so excited to be back at Soaring Hawk this year! I was a classroom teacher here several years ago and left to be trained as a Literacy Specialist.  I am thrilled to be back at a school that is so dear to my heart.  This will be my 6th year as a Literacy Specialist in Douglas County.  

I live in Aurora with my husband Jeff and our two cats.  We moved to Colorado in 2011 and we love all the wonderful things it has to offer.... sunshine, beautiful mountains, fun sports teams, and concerts!




Helpful Links

Learn More about Reading Recovery

Reading Rockets

Reading Resources: U.S. Dept. of Education

DCSD Literacy Interventions Website