Meet Mrs. Casey
Welcome to the Reading Resource web page. My name is Maureen Casey and I am the reading resource teacher at St. Augustin School. I have been at St. Augustin for 26 years serving as a reading resource teacher for 21 years. Prior to this, I taught Kindergarten and First Grade.
Teaching at St. Augustin School is a privilege, as well as a tremendous responsibility. I strive for my classroom to be a place where children feel valued, respected and safe -- Safe to share thoughts and ideas, explore, create and take risks. Each child comes with a unique personality, learning style and special gifts to share. One of my roles is to find ways for each child to be successful, be challenged but not overwhelmed, and grow socially, emotionally and academically. My goal is for each child to develop a sense of belonging and a feeling of confidence. When students leave my classroom I hope they go with the feeling that reading is fun, reading is important, and the “Reading Room” helps them become better readers.
Teachers at St. Augustin School want to bridge the gap for students struggling with reading. Appropriate instruction promotes reading success and may alleviate difficulties for students who are experiencing challenges with reading. Research states instruction should be explicit, systematic, cumulative, and structured. In order to do this, St. Augustin Home and School Association has purchased FUNDATIONS, a Wilson Language program, for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students receiving reading support. I also participated in an extensive 30-hour Orton-Gillingham teacher training and will implement the OG method with the students in my classroom. Both programs feature a researched based, systematic and multisensory structured language curriculum. They teach students to decode words in an explicit and systematic manner. Students will develop the tools to learn to read and write and build confidence to be a reader. My goal is to assist students in mastering their tools to achieve success not only in school but also in life.
Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns regarding your child’s reading skills.