Spotlight on Jaime Margolies

Jaime MargoliesJamie Margolies has taught for over 23 years in public and private schools, becoming a teacher leader. She began supporting colleagues at a Blue Ribbon-honored school, attended leadership groups at Columbia Teachers College, and worked with colleagues to grow their literacy practice. She transitioned into her work as a literacy consultant, which allowed her to impact teachers and students beyond her school, and has done this for 10 years. She is co-author of two books, "The Complete Year in Reading and Writing: Grade 1" and "The Great Eight Management Strategies for the Reading and Writing Classroom." Jaime's contributions to her schools include mentoring new and experienced teachers in curriculum implementation, classroom management, reading and writing workshops, small-group instruction, content studies, work time, project-based learning, inquiry and  other areas. Her  knowledge of NYS Standards and what works best for children helps her write strong curricula that meet the unique needs of each  district. She supports teachers at all levels to implement best practices in literacy through a balanced approach. Teachers experience success as they are coached in a gradual release model where lab sites and one-on-one coaching support learning. She is a graduate of Bank Street College with a Masters in Special Education. She recognizes the challenges of a range of learners and helps to create a community that allows all students to be successful. She supports teachers in understanding and recognizing the importance of setting up systems towards independence for all learners. Jaime also works to support co-teaching models and Tier I and Tier II interventions. She works in both inclusive and special education schools. She works closely with administrators to create a strong school vision, implement data-driven instruction, and create strong supportive learning environments for all.  She leads professional workshops for teachers and families, specifically planned for a school or their communities' needs. She has worked with new schools on the challenge of adding a grade each year, helping to order books and materials for a strong learning space. Her work with teachers, principals, literacy coaches, paras/assistant teachers and parents helps to create schools and communities where all students are successful.