The 2018 Outstanding Student in Hood’s M. S. in Reading Specialization program is Emily Sikora. An accomplished elementary school teacher, Emily is about to start her 11th year of with Frederick County Public Schools, teaching 2nd grade at Urbana Elementary School. As a student at Hood, Emily conducted action research to look at “the effects of using oral rehearsal on a student’s written elaboration”. Examining whether talking about what they are going to write beforehand helps students to write more, she found applicable data for herself and her peers. One of Emily’s favorite parts of the program was the reading clinic, where she says she “was able to apply my knowledge to support students in a small group setting. Also, I was able to see how the application of the skills that I learned had an impact on the students I was working with. During this time, I also developed a close friendship with the other clinicians. We supported each other to analyze the data and provide prescriptive instruction to the students.”
In the immediate future, Emily plans to stay in the classroom. Eventually, she hopes to pursue a position as an elementary reading specialist. We wish her all the best!
Thank you to Virginia ‘Ginny’ Jones, Hood class of ‘66, provider of the award