Mrs. Davey

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Iowa (GO HAWKS!). After college, I substitute taught for a year in my hometown, Palatine, IL. I taught kindergarten and 4th grade at South Prairie Elementary in Sycamore.

I completed my Masters degree in Literacy Education at NIU. I worked as a reading specialist at North Elementary for three years, and now I am currently a reading specialist at West Elementary.
I live in Cortland with my husband, Drewe, and our Beagle, Penny. In my free time, I enjoy visiting family and friends, running, cooking and baking, riding my bicycle, and reading.

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Yearly book recommendation lists developed by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA)
2016 Monarch Award Book List – Developed by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA), the Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings.
2016 Bluestem Award Book List – Also developed by the ISLMA, this award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.
2016 Rebecca Caudill Award book list – The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades 4 – 8 in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literacy talent and the universal appeal of her books, which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

Websites for Literacy

  • Owl and Mouse – Children match the picture to the correct letter that begins the word.  Great for kindergarten students learning letter names and letter sounds.
  • ABCYa – is a free educational site full of computer games and activities for elementary students. All children’s educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills.
  • Jack Prelutsky – Jack Prelutsky is a famous children’s poet.  Read his poetry, see funny animations and illustrations to go along with his poems.  Get excited about poetry!
  • Giggle Poetry – Giggle Poetry shares lots of children’s poetry.  Read funny poems, learn about rhyming, improve reading fluency, and get excited about poetry!