Literacy Support Specialist

Posted on 06/14/2019
Brentwood schools focus on literacy

BRENTWOOD, MO – The Brentwood School District is pleased to announce that Ms. Kelsey Grammer has been approved by the Board of Education to fill the newly created role of Literacy Support Specialist. The role was created to support the district’s literacy goals by working with classroom teachers and administrators on literacy curriculum, research, and evidence-based reading interventions.

“We are incredibly excited to have Kelsey take on this new role,” said Dr. Brian Lane, Brentwood Superintendent. “Literacy is the foundation for our students’ academic success and our students, staff, and families will greatly benefit from Kelsey’s knowledge and enthusiasm.” As part of her duties, Ms. Grammer will oversee the state dyslexia mandate that was introduced last year.

Ms. Grammer came to Brentwood in 2017 from Monroe Elementary in the St. Charles School District, where she was a Second and Fourth Grade Teacher. During her six years there, she served in several leadership roles related to curriculum and instruction. Ms. Grammer earned a Bachelors of Science in Education and Master of Education in Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum, both from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

In addition to her leadership experiences in education, Ms. Grammer has dedicated much of her career to work in literacy. She has attended the Reading Institute at Teachers’ College in New York City as well as other conferences led by Lucy Calkins, Jennifer Serravallo and other leaders in literacy curriculum development. “I am very excited to step into the role of Brentwood's Literacy Support Specialist,” Grammer said. “I have a passion for literacy instruction and am looking forward to working with all of our hard-working teachers and students.”

While this is a new position for the district, the administration was able to make it cost-neutral by restructuring the science coach position. “When we have a need in the district, we will address it,” Dr. Lane said. “But we will always strive to be good stewards of our taxpayer dollars in doing so,” he said.

One of the first major tasks for Ms. Grammer will be to help implement and coordinate school-wide literacy programs for the district. Part of this work will be to help manage the requirements of the dyslexia mandate that was established last year. The Literacy Support Specialist will work with the reading specialist regarding dyslexia screening, assist grade-level teams on the core curriculum, and provide support for student interventions.

The introduction of this role was a direct result of the work by the Brentwood School District literacy strategic planning committee work and will help offer needed support to staff members, students, and families in areas of literacy and dyslexia.  

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Founded in 1920, the Brentwood School District is a highly rated, award winning public school district serving the Brentwood community in St. Louis County, Missouri.

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