Key Contributor: Alyson Beecher

Alyson Beecher is a self-described “educator, book geek and literacy advocate” with 21 years of experience in education, six of which were spent as principal at San Rafael Elementary School. Faced with a diverse student population, Alyson spearheaded a Dual Language Immersion Program at her school, along with a program that integrates children with special needs.

As one who blogs about her love for reading, Alyson strives to develop a culture at her school that cultivates that same love in her students. She is passionate about helping her students understand the value of reading for learning as well as for pleasure. That goal, she realized, would be achieved step by step.

In the 2011-2012 school year, Alyson worked with a team of teachers who modeled ways to increase literacy in and out of the classroom. The results have been encouraging: Her students are more engaged with books than ever before.

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