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Hancock Elementary Schools – Best at Implementing Reading Strategies

IMSE Co-Founder Jeanne Jeup telling HC Elementary Teachers what a wonderful job they’re doing. She and IMSE Academics Director Kimberly Collins visited NHES and SHES last Wednesday. Seen in background are SHES Principal Jennifer Howe and HC Schools Superintendent Robby Asberry.

Hancock County Schools Assistant Superintendent Robin Poynter said she felt that the visit received from the IMSE Co-Founder last week helped to affirm to the teachers that they are on the “right track with classroom rigor” to teach students how to read.

IMSE (Institute for Multi-Sensory Education) Co-Founder Jeanne Jeup and IMSE Director of Academics & Instructor Kimberly Collins visited and observed at North and South Hancock Elementary Schools’ classrooms. They have visited thousands of classrooms and had nothing but great things to say about the teachers and administration. They said they were very impressed with how the curriculum is being implemented in both schools.

“Our district is one-of-a-kind in the state of Kentucky,” Poynter said, “where our students are fortunate enough to have each of their teachers trained and supported by a district Literacy Coach. The fact that we have had over 400 visitors from all across the state in the past 2 years and their feedback of how our district is the best they have ever seen, is a testament to all of their hard work aligning instruction Pre-K-12th grade.

Our next steps in the district are to support our Grades 3 through Grades 10 with the methodology of Morphology which will help our students improve reading comprehension, vocabulary meaning and spelling skills.”

All of the teachers and most of the teaching assistants have been trained through IMSE the Science of Reading, which uses an Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach in teaching students how to read. After classroom walkthroughs at both elementary schools, a reception was held at SHES in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 20th, for teachers to meet Jeup and Collins personally.

HUGE Growth

Jeup, who since ’96 has trained hundreds of thousands of educators worldwide, said to everyone attending, “Thank you for letting us come into your classrooms and see the growth you’ve made; It’s HUGE growth. And, what an impact you’re making on those kiddos! It’s so evident that you’re using it in your classrooms because those routines are succinct. Those kids know what to do; there’s no lag time. Congratulations! Be proud of yourselves and give yourselves a pat on the back.”

Classrooms Like Well-Oiled Machines

Collins shared very positive feedback as well saying, “You are an incredibly strong group of educators. Your classrooms were like well-oiled machines. Your children were responsive. You can tell that your heart is in what you do and you’re making great progress with your kids. It was so much a pleasure to be here and to see you today. I can’t say enough good things about what we saw. Kudos to all of you. Every classroom we were in was super impressive.”

Poynter thanked the teachers saying, “I appreciate everything you’re doing for our kids. The middle school and high school are getting on board as well. I think it’s a huge step. The strategies of how to implement the instruction, I thank you all for.

At one time, we were only going to include 3rd-8th until the high school visited the elementary schools last week, and now we’ve added 9th and 10th. The consistency and delivery of instruction you’ve been giving your students every day can’t be measured except for the benefit of the students when they graduate.”

SHES Principal Jennifer Howe echoed that by saying that every one of the administrators that have visited have had tears in their eyes by the end of the day after visiting classrooms in Hancock County and seeing the IMSE curriculum being implemented seamlessly, and how the students are engaged and excelling in it.

Poynter added, “Great things are coming in Hancock County. I can’t wait to see how well the students are going to be doing after 12 years of this rigor. Sustainability is very important to us as well so we’ve got Briana Pulliam (District Literacy Coach/Interventionist) taking a crack at those.

We’ve also got a couple doing practicum, and someone doing Morphology at NHES and you’re doing Morphology here (at SHES), so we’re trying to put things in place for you so you’ll have the things that you need to thrive.”

By Jennifer Wimmer



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