Hi! My name is Janice Corrado and I am a member of the Instructional Support team here at Harrison School. This year marks my twelfth year of teaching in Livingston, and my sixteenth year of teaching. I feel so honored to be a staff member at Harrison School and to work with the many warm and caring students, parents, and teachers that make up the Harrison community.
I always say that I have the best job in the world. It’s true! I can’t imagine anything more fun or more rewarding than sharing wonderful books with students in grades K, 1, and 2 at a time when they are eager to become independent readers- and writers of their own books. We work hard at learning lots of helpful reading strategies when we meet in our small “book groups,” but we have lots of fun as well, and enjoy helping each other become strong, expressive, fluent readers and writers.My husband Dave and I live about forty minutes southwest of Livingston in a small town called Basking Ridge. We have two daughters: Catherine, who is fourteen years old and is in eighth grade; and Kristen, who is seven years old and is in first grade. As a family, we enjoy spending time in our gardens and by our pond, reading (of course!), drawing and painting- and especially shopping.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from William Paterson University, reading specialist certification from Montclair State University, and a supervisor’s certificate from Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City. In addition, I have completed postgraduate coursework in Early literacy at Lesley College, Massachusetts, Reading Recovery certification through New York University, and recently attended Teachers College of Columbia University to participate in the Writing Workshop coursework for Grade 1 teachers. The field of literacy education is always changing and growing, based in large part on what researchers and scientists are learning about how the brain learns and processes print and language. It is an exciting and rewarding field of study!
My goal as a reading instructor is to help each child acquire the requisite strategies and skills that will enable him or her to become a fluent and flexible reader, writer and thinker. Along the way, I will do my best to encourage each student to become a lifelong learner, eager to meet new challenges in reading and writing with a sense of confidence and intellectual curiosity.
In addition to working directly with students, I also partner with each child’s classroom teacher to ensure that the instructional support I provide helps with each student to meet with increasing success with the classroom setting. Together, the classroom teacher and I monitor each child’s progress in reading and writing and adjust our instruction according to their needs. Parents likewise are an important partner in their child’s education, and I invite your observations and suggestion as we work together with your child. Please feel free to contact me at any time during the school year if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading or writing. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with your child and you this coming year.