By Adam Young
Denise Paddilla is January’s Teacher of the Month. Paddilla agreed to fill in for an absent first-grade teacher to begin the school year and then as the full progressed, agreed to continue in that role this year.
In the past, she has been the district’s Response to Intervention Specialist, our reading guru, has taken care of many administrative tasks, been our FastForward (a digital reading program) expert, and is responsible for getting Spalding in our district this year. She explored, practiced, researched last year and piloted Spalding with a cadre of teachers, the result—districtwide adoption. Paddilla does what is best for kids.
She shared an experience where the parent of a student in our school, asked for her help in assessing a child the mom felt was falling behind. Paddilla did so immediately and was able to allay the parent’s concerns. This is one of example of the many ways Paddilla goes above and beyond to help any student or parent with needs. Paddilla graduated from White Pine High School in 1994. Graduated from Southern Utah University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Minors in Reading and English. Graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2006 with a Masters Degree in Reading. Teaching Career: 2001-2006 Clark County School District: 3rd grade, fourth grade, reading interventionist 2006-Present White Pine County School District: 3rd grade, Response to Intervention Facilitator, first grade. Professional Accomplishments: Irlens Screener, Ruby Payne Trainer, Staff development trainer, Eric Jensen training, part of school and district N-CATT processes, Teacher Inquiry and technology classes, building leadership team member, SAPTA Grant coordinator, Spalding training, Singapore Math training, attended NCTE and NCTM conferences, presenter at Nevada Early Childhood conference.