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One Class At A Time: Jessica Reynolds

Posted at 1:06 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 15:07:41-04

This week’s One Class At A Time recipient is kindergarten teacher Jessica Reynolds of Rossiter Elementary School, who is helping her students with language disorders achieve success in literacy.

Jana Garza and David Peretto of First Interstate Bank were joined by KXLH to surprise Reynolds in her office with a $250 check.

The money from the grant will be used to buy the Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy (SKILL) program to help the students Reynolds works with.

SKILL was developed by Dr. Sandi Gillam at Utah State University specifically for students with a language disorder.

Reynolds says it is important to help address language problems early so the child has a better chance of succeeding in the future.

“If you’re having difficulty reading in first grade by the time you get to fourth grade we make that transition from learning to read to read to learn,” said Reynolds, “If you’re still learning to read you’re going to miss a lot of that content and you just fall farther and farther behind every year.”

For more than a decade, First Interstate Bank and MTN have partnered for the One Class at a Time grant.

The mission of the grant is to foster educational opportunities for local teachers and students.

A panel of retired teachers and school officials select the grant recipients from a pool of submitted applications.

For more information about One Class at a Time, including how to apply, click here.

  • Reported by John Riley