Altha-In Mrs. Alday's 2nd grade class, becoming a better reader begins with a trip to the computer lab. Calling her a go-getter and a leader among teachers, Principal Ladona Kelley approached Mrs. Alday first to try the pilot program Lexia reading. "Anything that I think may benefit the children classroom-wise I can count on Mrs. Alday to give me a very honest answer and a knowledge-based answer on whether or not it's going to work," said Ladona Kelley, the Principal of Altha School.
From their captivated faces it's easy to see how her students feel about the program. "They beg everyday can we do Lexia Reading in the reading lab," said Mrs. Alday. "It's really fun because you spell the words in online and you click the basketball and if you get it right it goes in the goal and if you get it right it will scream for you," said 2nd grader Ashleigh Brookersackley.
It's not just her willingness to try new teaching methods that makes Mrs. Alday an asset at Altha school. This is her 17th year teaching. Her experience benefits not only her students but her fellow teachers as well since she serves as a peer teacher to mentor younger colleagues. And she is certainly no stranger to these hallways having graduated from Altha in 1989.
In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, Mrs. Alday strives to instill good values in her students. "We really try to work on responsibility and being honest and being caring and generous and trying to avoid fighting." It's obvious her students are reaping the benefits. "She helps us learn really good," said Ashleigh. "She is very nice and I love being in her class," said William Halstom.
"I love teaching because every day you get to come in and it's a new experience, none of the kids are the same, every day you are coming in and experiencing something new and you get to watch their excitement as they learn," said Mrs. Alday. Congratulations to Mrs. Alday, a Golden Apple award-winning teacher.