Overbrook teacher honored as outstanding early literacy teacher

OVERBROOK, Kan. – An Overbrook Attendance Center teacher is among 56 teachers and classroom staff being honored across the state for their work promoting early literacy, ensuring that children are equipped for future educational success.

Mallory Koger

Mallory Koger, second grade teacher at OAC, was recognized during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, 2019, when the Kansas Reading Roadmap honored teachers at 56 partner schools across the state with the Outstanding Early Literacy Teacher Award.

The award recognizes a teacher who contributes significantly to early literacy at their school. Kansas Reading Roadmap asked schools to nominate a teacher who has played a critical role in the school to help students succeed in reading. The 56 nominees were honored by Kansas Reading Roadmap within their respective schools during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Those nominees will be considered by Kansas Reading Roadmap for the statewide Outstanding Early Literacy Teacher of the Year honor, to be awarded at the organization’s state conference in August.

“The Reading Roadmap is proud to recognize this outstanding group of professionals,” said Andrew Hysell, Kansas Reading Roadmap Director. “They represent all the great teachers across Kansas who are promoting early literacy. Studies show that students who read proficiently by the fourth grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school on time. These honorees are helping to ensure the success of not only our children, but also the future of Kansas.”

Since 2013, Kansas Reading Roadmap has worked with elementary schools and Boys & Girls Clubs across the state, aligning after school, summer and family engagement programs with school data. Kansas Reading Roadmap seeks to ensure all students read at grade level upon entering the fourth grade. Kansas Reading Roadmap is a partnership between local schools, the Kansas Technical Assistance System Network, and the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

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