Welcome! 

 

My name is Adrianna, and I am the founder of By the Letter Literacy Reading Lab Program. I have over 15 years of experience in education, working in a variety of settings. I have worked as a guest teacher in public, private and religious schools with students in grades pre-k through 5th. I have served as a tutor, both 1-to1 and with small groups. As a credentialed lead classroom teacher, I have taught first, second, and most recently, grade 5. I am currently obtaining my Masters in Reading, Language and Literacy (added authorization in California Reading and Literacy), and a Literacy Leadership Specialist credential.

I created By the Letter Literacy Reading Lab because witnessing emerging readers' transform into proficient, confident, enthusiastic readers is a genuinely thrilling experience. I have a passion and talent for coaching, encouraging, mentoring, and inspiring students. As a fifth-grade teacher, I organized and facilitated a lunch bunch reading club to get students excited about reading. I firmly believe that literacy is a social justice issue and that every child deserves to learn to read. As an avid reader, I know the importance of literacy as it relates to personal growth, opportunity, equity, and success in school and life. With commitment, passion, and the creation of individualized programs and tools, students will develop the necessary skills for ongoing success.  

​​I use a multi-sensory, structured literacy approach in my instruction, and I am committed to staying up-to-date with the latest research in order to assist my students and families, while continuing to improve my expertise as a reading instructor. My BA is in Sociology with additional coursework in child development and family and social dynamics. I have completed a graduate-level teacher education program and have my California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. After completing my pre-service assignment, I was nominated and subsequently became the Delta Gamma Society International Outstanding Student Teacher recipient at the chapter and state levels. I regularly participate in professional development opportunities on reading literacy and best practices (including completing a 30-hour Comprehensive IMSE Orton-Gillingham training).

​In addition to working directly with students and families, I have completed Open Court, and Write From the Beginning teacher trainings, and I have served as an off-site judge for the Future Educators of America Lesson Planning and Delivery Competition. I have facilitated the Los Angeles Unified School District's Second Step Empathy Training Program and participated in extensive training by the California Association for Bilingual Education in the use of effective strategies for English Language Learners'. I have experience administering diagnostic assessments and analyzing data to inform my teaching practice, allowing me to create targeted lesson plans and differentiated instructional resources.​