Welcome to Stones!
Your reading literacy program
BOOKS AND MORE
We believe every child should develop a love for reading just as many of us did at an early age. A child's livelihood depends on their literacy. Usborne is dedicated to producing children's literature, making it possible for each child to OWN their "first" book. See what they have to offer.
Stones of Learning
the act of deciding definitely and firmly
faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way
mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
I would like to welcome you to join me in a very fun and engaging online classroom community. I have 12 years of experience working in education, including teaching over 300 ESL classes online. I am a certified teacher with two valid, active teaching certificates for grades Pre-k to 12 and special education. I believe in making every minute of instruction count toward student learning during each lesson. Within public, private and online school programs, I have successfully guided students from learning to read into reading to learn. As an educator, I strive to keep instruction at a comprehensible level of understanding by adapting to the learning styles of all students. I believe all students can learn, especially if they are inspired and supported by those in their environment. As a student, I received my bachelors at LSU A&M - Baton Rouge, LA, a teaching certification at Texas College in Tyler, TX and a masters degree at Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, TX.
Tina Pressley - Instructor
Hello, my name is Elijah Mendoza. I have been a teacher for about three years. My teaching area is in Special Education/Exceptional Children. In this area, I have had the privilege of serving the high school population in Louisiana by bridging the academic gaps that hinder them from good classroom and test performance. During my tenure at Franklin High School, I was responsible for running and managing the CMC (Content Mastery Center) and study skills programs. In this venture, I was able to implement and teach test taking strategies, reteach valuable learning concepts, modify assignments and administer IEP accommodations.
At the elementary grade level, I have experience teaching students how to implement reading skills that include but are not limited to decoding words, blending sounds, using basic phonics, spelling and phonological awareness. This experience has afforded me great knowledge and given me a passion to make sure kids are empowered to learn. My teaching philosophy is to empower young minds. As long as a student has the tools to learn and be self-sufficient, the possibilities are endless. I graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.