Welcome to my website!Mrs. CurasiAcademic Coach
After earning a degree in 1990 from East Carolina University in elementary education for grades K-6 and K-12 in Reading, I started my teaching career. I taught 2 1/2 years in Durham County before moving to ABSS. I taught 4th grade at Haw River Elementary for 5 years. After having twins, I decided to stay home for a few years. I ended up taking off 5 years to care for my 3 children. With a passion for teaching and a love for children, I returned to teaching when my youngest started kindergarten. I taught at E.M. Yoder for two years in kindergarten and 4 years in 3rd grade. After that, I took on the position of Academic Coach at E.M. Yoder. This is my seventh year in that position. As always, I am looking forward to another great year.
Reading daily is extremely important in order to improve overall reading skills and comprehension. In order to increase your child's vocabulary knowledge, please read books to them each night above their reading level. Have discussions with your child as you read to ensure they are comprehending what you are reading to them. Have your child read to you. If they are having difficulty with reading, please ask them to use their reading strategies to work through decoding unknown words. Remember that a fluent reader does not always mean the reader is comprehending. Refer to some of the resources listed below for assistance with guiding your child with reading and comprehension.
Students are encouraged to complete written responses to comprehension questions. This will help to improve their overall reading comprehension and will aid in their written expression. Students should always answer questions in a complete sentence restating part of the question so the reader will understand what the question was asking just by reading the answer. Please ask your child's classroom teacher or the Academic Coach for help if you are unsure of how to implement this with nightly reading at home.