Phone: 610-527-1357 ext. 5264
Degrees and Certifications:
Reading Specialist Certification K-12 Elementary Education Certification K-6 M.S. Drexel University B.S. Temple University
Mrs. Dana Bereznak
I am the luckiest teacher at Ithan, because I am able to do what I love all day, which is share my love of reading and books with children. I work with individuals and small groups to develop reading skills and strategies. The lessons I provide are in addition to those provided by the classroom teachers. I have held this position for many years, and have helped many students on their journey to become better readers. I am looking forward to another successful and rewarding year. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions.
Parents often ask me how they can help their children at home. Of course, I'm sure you've all been reading to your children. But there's something else that you can do: help your children to develop the independent reading habit. We can't help but get good at the things that we practice or do all the time. Such is the case with reading as well. Not only is independent reading a great pastime, but it increases school achievement in all areas. So make sure your student has access to books, magazines, and digital resources that are of interest to him/her, as well as the time to enjoy them! Reading is a habit that lasts a lifetime.
RTSD reading specialists are fortunate to use the 2nd edition of Leveled Literacy Interevention (LLI) created by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. LLI is a daily small group intervention which utilizes leveled books and is designed to: enhance comprehension and problem solving, improve word recognition skills, increase reading engagement, increase reading volume, and closely monitor student progress. It even has a "take home" book component.