Reading Interventionist

Payne Elementary
Duval County Schools

The Duval County School Board has approved a grant to pay teachers who help with literacy.

Also at its Tuesday night meeting, the board decided it’s open to hearing public comments at more of its meetings.

The grant of just over $2 million is from Quality Education for All and administered through the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Quality Education for All is a fund of private money used to improve public schools. The grant will be used to pay reading interventionists, teachers who work in small groups with kids who are behind in literacy.

Rhema Thompson / WJCT News

  In Katherine Stallings’ room, the lights are dim. A large blue table with four small chairs takes up most of the little space, along with several book shelves, pictures and a large stuffed butterfly. But it doesn’t feel cramped. It feels cozy, like the kind of place someone might want to curl up with a blanket and a book.

As she enters the room, Stallings instructs her class of four to get up and stretch.

“Touch your toes,” she tells them. “Touch your nose. Take a deep breath, bend through your mouth.”