Jenna Ponx Special Educator

Winner of Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

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Jenna Ponx - Richard Ira Jones Middle School, Plainfield School District 202, IL– 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Instructional Language Arts, Reading Specialist M.A.

Over the past 23 years I have taught special education at James C. Bush Elementary school in Johnsburg, Illinois, at Arlington Elementary School in Arlington, Ohio, and have spent the last 15 years in Plainfield School District 202 in Plainfield, Illinois. I hold a master’s degree as a Reading Specialist and participate regularly on district curriculum and development committees. I work with students who have Specific Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, ADD, and ADHD. Currently, I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade instructional language arts and reading interventions that specialize in supporting students with dyslexia and other print disabilities.

Every day I have the privilege of influencing students to; believe in themselves, come to school because they know they are valued, see the good in themselves and in those around them, and learn to take on even the toughest of challenges. When students feel supported and safe in the learning environment, they will develop a love for learning that will take them beyond my classroom and carry over into other areas of their life. My goal is to present students with the tools they need to become better readers and teach them how to use those tools beyond the language arts classroom. Each student builds their “toolbox” by creating interactive notebooks, accessing on-line learning programs, reading novels, participating in group and partner discussions, and working on daily fluency activities to improve reading skills. Learning Ally is one of the key resources I utilize to support each student in the classroom and at home. Teaching students to continually build and use their “learning toolbox” will aid in strengthening their desire to become life-long readers.