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Irma Sanchez, M.A.

Irma Sanchez possesses twenty-two years of educational experience. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District before relocating to Austin and continuing her teaching career with the Austin Independent School District. After spending ten years in the classroom, teaching kindergarten, and first grade, she became a certified Reading Specialist.

Currently, Irma serves as a Bilingual Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach with the Austin Independent School District, a position she has held for twelve years. Irma earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and her Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also a Google Certified Educator (Level 1).

Throughout her years in education, Irma has served as a cooperating teacher for university interns, grade level team lead, and mentor to novice teachers. Irma prepares and conducts literacy training to staff, co-coordinates school literacy events at her campus, and presents workshops to parents.

Her training also extends to that of training and presenting to literacy leaders at the district and state levels. Irma most recently co-presented on building a campus culture of reading at the Texas Association for Literacy Education, an ILA Affiliation.

Irma is a current member of the International Literacy Association and Texas Association for Literacy Education. She and her campus literacy team were recently awarded $10,000 through a grant made possible by Austin Ed Fund for a school-wide project promoting literacy through the read-aloud experience.

 

Her professional interests include children's literature, dyslexia, research-based phonics instruction, digital literacy, and the read-aloud experience.

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