Lisa Fisher, reading recovery teacher leader and elementary support program specialist for the school district based at Atwater Elementary School, has been selected as one of this year’s MVPs for Florida’s 17th Congressional District. Fisher was honored Tuesday at the Sarasota County Board of County Commission meeting in Venice.

The FL-17 MVP award, bestowed by U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, is intended to highlight dedicated public servants in the 17th Congressional District. Recipients have gone above and beyond to contribute to and improve the quality of life in their community, and have been nominated for recognition by their peers. The award honors teachers, civil servants, law enforcement officers, veterans and first responders, among others.

“It is vitally important to thank and recognize these champions in our community,” Steube said. “My mother was a teacher, allowing me to see firsthand the energy and focus our teachers put forth for their students every day. Ms. Fisher is a testament to the indelible impact one person can make on many lives. Her dedication to excellence in Reading Recovery has amplified the reach and success of many teachers and hundreds of students. She is a true MVP that tirelessly advocates for the success of our community’s children.”

“We are so grateful to Congressman Steube for recognizing Ms. Fisher as his first MVP Teacher awardee from the nine counties he serves,” said Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer of Sarasota County Schools. “She works tirelessly with our 43 Reading Recovery teachers to ensure successful outcomes for our children and their families. Her passion for literacy is contagious, and her results-driven approaches to training have greatly contributed to our district exceeding the national averages for successful outcomes in Reading Recovery. Ms. Fisher’s award also recognizes the support we receive from Gulf Coast Community Foundation donors— especially Keith and Linda Monda — and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, who started Reading Recovery with Ms. Fisher.”

Reading Recovery is a short-term, immersive program designed for first-graders having extreme difficulty with early reading and writing. Highly specialized, trained teachers work individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. After a full series of lessons, about 75% of these formerly lowest students reach grade-level standard. All the district’s elementary schools have at least one Reading Recovery teacher. This year, Sarasota County Schools expanded its program to train eight Literacy Lesson Reading Recovery teachers who work with children in our Exceptional Student Education program and English as a Second Language program.

 

Submitted by Kelsey Whealy

 


 

 


 

Photo 2: Congressman Greg Steube joins School Board Chair Jane Goodwin, Superintendent Todd Bowden, Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent Dr. Laura Kingsley, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Lisa Fisher and other school district administrators and staff members at the Sarasota County Board of County Commission meeting in Venice.