Wood, Debbie (Title 1)

Debbie Wood
I am very excited to be part of the team here at Fairview! My husband, Marty, and I have lived in the mountains of North Carolina over 20 years. We love the mountains and enjoy spending time with our grandchildren. We work our little hobby farm in our spare time!
What professional training and educational background have you had?
  • I have a BS from Appalachian State in Elementary Ed., k-6
  • an MA in Reading Instruction, K-12
  • an MS in Library Science, K-12
  • Instructional Technology & Computer certificate
  • National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Early & Childhood Literacy
What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?

Fairview is so special because of the team of teachers I get to work with. They are professional and passionate about what they do.

What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?

The best parts about teaching at Fairview are the resources available to me as a teacher and reading specialist. I have access to guided reading book sets in well-stocked book rooms, reading intervention programs like Leveled Literacy Intervention and Next Steps Forward Guided Reading along with professional development opportunities to keep up with best practices.
What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?

Recently, a friend of mine suggested the book, Next Steps to Guided Reading by Dr. Jan Richardson. What a great book!  Everything in the book confirms and enhances what we do everyday in our small reading groups. This text takes me to the next level of intervention reading instruction with reading level ranged lesson templates, interactive hands-on activities to increase student engagement, and student motivation. I am very excited to provide the professional development for my assistants and implement these rigorous lessons with our students this year and beyond.

What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning?

"The best teacher, failure is."  Yoda, The Last Jedi 

We can learn so much from our failures. Students should never feel embarrassed or shy about asking for help and letting teachers know about confusion or misunderstandings. That's how we, the teachers, know how to help students. 
I love working with elementary school aged children. It is so rewarding to see their growth. One year makes such a difference! It is absolutely a team effort, though, and I am thankful for all the support of our parents and staff here at Fairview!