Ms. Lea Danon
Lea has been working with young adolescents for the past seven years. She has been a Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, and Testing Coordinator in the South Bronx and in Mount Vernon, New York. As a Reading Specialist, she analyzed reading and writing assessment data to differentiate instruction, create intervention action plans, and increase student achievement with a multi sensory approach. Lea has lead weekly Professional Learning Communities for teachers, weekly new teacher study groups around literacy best practices, and facilitated Professional Development Literacy Workshops for teachers, parents, and families. Additionally, she managed and supervised a Reading Mentoring program where senior citizens worked with struggling learners in a one on one setting. Lea received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with an ESL endorsement from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She then attended New York University where she obtained a Masters of Arts Degree in Literacy Education. During her studies at NYU, she had the opportunity to work in the NYU Literacy Clinic where she administered a battery of literacy assessments to create a personalized intervention program for a struggling reader. Her insightful analysis of her student’s needs enabled her tutee to make accelerated progress in only three months. Most recently, Lea received a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Hunter College. While completing her administrative internship, she identified the individual needs of teachers and then collaboratively developed a growth plan for improvement. Lea is looking forward to joining the School in the Square team and share her passion and love for reading. She is dedicated to helping her students excel and become good readers. Lea brings her experiences working with diverse learners including English Language Learners and students with Language Based Learning Disabilities. Lea is extremely excited to collaborate with teachers, administrators, families, and the entire school community to build and encourage life long learners.