Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Angie Dimitriou, and I am thrilled to be your Reading Resource Specialist again! This is my 6th year here at St. Mary, and my 14th year as an educator. I am very excited about working with the students, parents, and staff again.
As your Reading Resource Specialist, my greatest goal is to teach skills and strategies to enable students to become better readers and learners. I believe that school should be educationally stimulating, as well as safe and fun. It is my job to create a positive working environment for all students to succeed.
I have always had an open door policy, where I encourage both students and parents to come to me with any questions or concerns. Together with your support and cooperation, I am confident this will be an outstanding school year!
- Learning Behavior Specialist 1 - St. Francis University
- Masters in Reading and Reading Specialist Endorsement– Concordia University
- Bachelor in Elementary Education and Middle School Endorsements in Psychology, Social Studies, Business– Northeastern Illinois University,
Reading Tips and Tricks
Initial Book Activities
- Set aside a regular time and place to enjoy literature
- Browse the pictures and discuss ideas
- Talk about the characters, setting, the problem and solutions
- Have your child retell the story using the pictures
- Emphasize interesting sounds, patterns and rhyming words
- Encourage browsing and pretend reading
- Move your finger along as you read
- Make connections to the pictures
- Point out sight words
- Use books with predictable, repetitive story patterns to help with fluency and support
- Expand quick recognition of sight words
- Use pictures to confirm the meaning of text
- Support the use of phonics, familiar spelling patterns, and story context to determine unknown/new vocabulary
- Ask, "Does it make sense?"
- Retell and summarize stories to focus on important parts of the story
- Support the recognition of difficult or content related words
- Use "chunking" and knowledge of familiar word patterns to figure out new/unknown vocabulary
- Read with expression
- Select more complex text and chapter books
- Reread unclear parts of the story
- Stop and think about what you have read
- Encourage an interest in a variety of genres: biography, poetry, historical fiction and non-fiction
Most important at any level...
HAVE FUN, ENJOY, AND GET LOST IN LITERATURE!