Amy Danisus - Literacy Specialist

My name is Amy Danusis and I am so thrilled to begin my third year at Kensington Elementary School as the Literacy Specialist. I grew up in Florida and spent most of my free time finding a great spot on the beach where I could lose myself in a good book. I moved to New Hampshire five years ago with my husband of thirteen years, Chad. We live in Newmarket with our dog, Sheba, and two finicky cats, Mittens and Sabrina. I am still acclimating to the cold winters, but am finding that I really love the change of seasons here in New England. My husband and I like to take long walks with our dog, spend the summers on our boat in the lake, and travel whenever we can.

I received my Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in reading from the University of South Florida. While in Florida, I taught third grade for two years and first grade for four years. When I moved to New Hampshire, I decided to pursue my goal of becoming a Reading Specialist and have been working as a Literacy Specialist in SAU 16 for the last four years. All in all, I have been teaching for eleven years.

The role of a Literacy Specialist is a unique one. I'm able to support both students and staff on a daily basis. I provide small group instruction in reading and writing in collaboration with the classroom teacher. I also encourage and support development and implementation of the instructional literacy goals as related to the curriculum.  I meet weekly with grade levels in a Professional Learning Community model. We develop lessons, share strategies, and identify student needs. My ultimate goal is to act as a resource for all things literacy!