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Mary Alice  Heltsley
Reading Recovery

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Reading Recovery Teacher

Mary Alice Heltsley

Reading Recovery



Hello, I aMary Alice Heltsley.  I graduated from the University of Kentucky and received my Masters from David Lipscomb University.  I began my teaching career in 1993.  I have been the Reading Recovery teacher at Millbrooke since 2017.

        Reading Recovery is a short term intervention program intended to serve the lowest achieving first grade students.  Students are chosen for Reading Recovery by school staff and selection is based on prior reading achievements, diagnostic testing and teacher recommendations.  The goals of Reading Recovery are to promote literacy skills and to reduce the number of first grade students who are struggling to read.  The program supplements classroom teaching with one-on-one tutoring sessions during the school day.  The sessions take place daily for 30 minutes over 12-20 weeks. 

        In addition to working with students in Reading Recovery, I also provide reading intervention to kindergarten through second grade students in small group setting.

        We are very thankful for the Read To Achieve Grant which funds these reading interventions and have been delighted with the initial and long term success experienced by our students.

        For additional Information about Reading Recovery please use the web address below.


In the event of inclement weather, if the district makes the decision to call missed days as NTI, below you will find assignments to complete during the missed time.


Millbrooke Non-Traditional Instructional Expectations

NTI Days 1, 2, and 3

Reading Recovery

Grade: 1 Course/Subject: Reading Teacher: Mary Alice Heltsley

Learning Target: 1 RL.3 I will write a story describing the character, setting and events of the story.

1. _____ Choose a book from their book bag to read. (There will be at least 3 books to pick from)

2. _____ Write about what they read. Choices below.

a. Character

b. Setting

c. Favorite part

d. What happened at the beginning, in the middle, and the end?

e. Why did you like the book?

f. Write a different ending

3._____Practice the sight words below:

after again am an and are at away big can could did

do down eat find for from give has have her here him

in into it let like little live look make may no now

one over play pretty put ran red ride said saw see some

the them then there they this to walk we what where who

with yes you your


Technology-based Alternate Assignment Options:

Students will listen to a story of choice on Unite for Literacy and write about the characters, setting, favorite part, or what happened at the beginning, middle and end of the story. Or if the story selected in nonfiction, have them share three facts learned. .

Supplemental Resources and Support:

Student needs to get on iRead on the computer or iPad for 20 minutes. a. Go to

b. Click on Students tab at top

c. Click on HMH Student Login

d. Click on iRead

e. Student will login and begin on their own

To Contact School/Teacher for Support:

School Phone: (8:00 AM -2:00 PM) (270-887-7270)

Teacher Email: (8:00 AM -2:00 PM)

*Students will be contacted by a teacher on each NTI Day using the phone number provided in Infinite Campus. Please ensure that any changes in phone numbers are reported to the school throughout the year.