Elementary Literacy

Diane Lauer
Assistant Superintendent of Priority Programs and Academic Support
Patrick Kilcullen

Priority Programs Coordinator


Sandra Vazquez
Elementary Literacy Coordinator

Kathy McCall
Dyslexia Instructional Coach

Amy Griswold
Department Secretary


The Literacy Team seeks to empower St. Vrain's elementary teachers and principals so that all students reach proficient levels of literacy. The Elementary Literacy Office's structure and focus reflect the needs of the district's schools. Coordinators work with both English and bilingual teachers, as well as administrators, parents and other district staff to improve student achievement in reading. 

Areas of departmental focus include:

  • Oversight and coordination of elementary literacy assessments, including data collection reporting
  • Oversight of district compliance with READ Act, Individual Literacy Plan (ILP) procedures and reporting to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE)
  • Provide coaching to literacy and classroom teachers in Title I schools and support literacy teachers in non-Title I buildings
  • Design and facilitate professional development opportunities in the teaching of reading for literacy teachers and classroom teachers
  • Ensure that reading interventions are effective and have a solid research base 
  • Promote the use of effective reading strategies for struggling readers and for those students who are learning English as a second language
  • Plan and deliver seminars that focus on maintaining the technical vitality of the district's literacy teachers, providing timely literacy information to schools
  • Research and implement technology resources (ex. Lexia, i-Ready) that promote reading acquisition for students
  • Expand technology resources that offer support for instruction and promote efficiency in the collection and analysis of student data
  • Provide new teachers with literacy training
  • Provide training to parents in Title I schools in subjects related to reading, and strategies to use at home to enhance their children's reading skills