Welcome to Reading!
Phone: (941)575-5450 ext. 1302
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Psychology, University of Central Florida FTCE Reading Endorsed
Ms. Amanda Kukuk
Welcome to my page! I am very excited to be teaching 9th and 10th grade intensive reading this year! A little bit about me:
- I graduated from Charlotte High and as a true Tarpon, I bleed blue and gold! While I was a student here, I led multiple school organizations and was a leadership member of the Silver King Band!
- After graduating from CHS, I went on to attend the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology (and also spent way too much time at the theme parks).
- Since returning to CHS as an educator, I have become involved with the drama department and the Charlotte Performing Arts Center (or CPAC, for short). I highly encourage everyone to check out one of our productions!
Please utilize the resources I have provided on this page to navigate your course, including my supply list and syllabus. Do not hesitate to reach out to me (preferrably through email) if you have any questions!
Intensive Reading Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to provide instruction that enables students to accelerate the development of reading and writing skills and to strengthen those skills so they are able to successfully read and write grade level text independently. Instruction emphasizes reading comprehension, writing fluency, and vocabulary study through the use of a variety of literary and informational texts encompassing a broad range of text structures, genres, and levels of complexity. Texts used for instruction focus on a wide range of topics, including content-area information, in order to support students in meeting the knowledge demands of increasingly complex text. Students enrolled in the course will engage in interactive text-based discussion, question generation, and research opportunities. They will write in response to reading and cite evidence when answering text dependent questions orally and in writing. The course provides extensive opportunities for students to collaborate with their peers. Scaffolding is provided as necessary as students engage in reading and writing increasingly complex text and is removed as the reading and writing abilities of students improve over time.
Personal Career Development Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to experience success in school and improve attitudes and behaviors towards learning, self, school and community. Through enrollment in this class, students (and their families) are connected with public and private health, employment, counseling and social services. The private sector is involved in the collaboration in a variety of ways. These include tutoring of students, mentoring, serving as guest speakers or workshop leaders, donating materials/equipment/facilities, providing financial/in-kind support for motivation and recognition awards, offering work experience or job-shadowing opportunities, funding scholarships. Institutions of higher education also join the partnership by providing interns, tutors, mentors and scholarships.
The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:
- knowledge of self and others
- development of positive attitudes
- family relationships
- peer pressure
- individual responsibility
- goal setting
- time management
- decision making
- problem solving
- leadership skills
- life management skills
- employability skills
- career planning