Firwood teacher Susan Tong with students

Firwood reading specialist tailors lessons to students’ individual learning styles

For Tong, reading as a main subject was a no-brainer, though she has taught multiple subjects as a teacher in a self-contained classroom for 23 years. Besides working as a reading specialist, Tong also helps teachers with professional development and models best practices for teaching math, writing and reading.

“There’s no magic wand,” she noted. “You always have to be learning, trying to find out what works for each child. I try to problem solve.”

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Story and photo by Sandy Post Reporter Brittany Allen