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What is Literacy Intervention?

Literacy intervention involves increasingly intensive and effective instructional interventions for students who struggle in reading and writing.  Interventions included are Reading Recovery, Phonics First, Small Literacy Groups, and Small Writing Group Instruction. Students in grades K-4 are served.  The goal of intervention is to instill the skills and strategies students need to gain independence and apply those skills and strategies in the classroom.

Meet Our Literacy Intervention Team 

Hi, my name is Christy Howerton. I began my teaching career in 1995.  I taught in Northwest Arkansas for many years before moving to Russellville.  I grew up in a family of educators and was drawn to the teaching profession at a very young age.  I even married a teacher/coach. After teaching in the regular classroom for 16 years, I moved to a literacy interventionist position. I am trained in Barton Reading and Spelling, Phonics First, LIPS (Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing for Reading, Spelling, and Speech), and Reading Recovery. I have a son named Gunnar and a daughter named Madison. I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog, Aspen. I love working with children and helping them achieve their goals. 

My name is Amber Duvall, and I am a literacy interventionist at Sequoyah Elementary. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I will finish my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in the Summer of 2020. I enjoy being outdoors, running, and spending time on the farm with my husband, son, and two step-daughters. The best thing about teaching are the relationships that you form with your students.  A student may not remember everything you taught them, but they will remember the way you made them feel.

Hello, my name is Dawn Diffey. I graduated from Lyon College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Concentration in Elementary Education.  I have twenty years of experience teaching First and Second Grade.  In 2018, I joined the Sequoyah team. I received training in the Barton Reading and Spelling System: an intervention targeting dyslexia.  I value the connections that I have with each of my students: encouraging, nurturing potential, and celebrating successes.  I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband and I have raised six sons and we have been blessed with ten precious grandchildren!

Meet our Literacy Instructional assistant team

This team works to support the teachers with literacy instruction and testing to ensure each and every child in our school moves forward toward their literacy goals.

Sara Gordon

Sara Gordon

Jamie Linton

Jamie Linton

Lisa Pennington

Lisa Pennington

Marilyn Ogelsby

Marilyn Ogelsby

Melinda White

Melinda White