Spotlight on Specialists!
My name is Jeni Ullery and I have the pleasure of being a reading specialist in the afternoons here at Shrewsbury Elementary. I have three children, 2 girls and a boy, all of whom attended Shrewsbury. During my free time I like to cook, garden, attend plays and travel. Thus far I have traveled to 38 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and my goal is to one day be able to say I have been to all 50 states. My absolute favorite activity is to read on my deck. I enjoy many different genres but my two favorites are realistic fiction and mysteries.
My day is split between Shrewsbury and Southern Elementary. I spend the mornings at Southern and then the afternoons here at Shrewsbury. While at Shrewsbury I work with students in kindergarten, second, fourth and sixth grade. When working with the younger students I concentrate on early literacy skills such as concepts of print, phonemic awareness and phonics. With the older students most of our activities revolve around comprehension, fluency and writing. I enjoy working with all the grade levels and I especially like the challenge of working with such a wide range of students.
Another aspect of my job is to foster a love of reading in the students. Mrs. Enck, the other reading specialist, and I try to encourage reading by not only teaching the students how to read but also by modeling good reading behaviors. We go into the rooms and teach whole class lessons on all aspects of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. We also try to encourage a love of reading by organizing reading incentives such as Boomer’s Book Club and Buck a Book. Once a year, with the help of the Rotary and the PTO, we make sure every student in grades K – 6 has an opportunity to pick a free book through the RIF program.
It is a real pleasure to work here at Shrewsbury Elementary. I love walking through the doors and hearing the students and teachers laughter floating down the halls. I enjoy seeing the smiles on the students’ faces as they discover a new author, genre or book series. Shrewsbury is a great place to work and I enjoy helping the students discover the world around them through reading.