KRISTI MCCULLOUGH

Helping Teachers Maximize their K-5 Reading Block

Teachers love the authentic, “from-the-trenches” insight that Kristi McCullough offers during her professional development sessions with K-5 teachers.
 
Her rich experiences as a teacher, professor, coach, author, and literacy consultant allow Kristi to offer practical, classroom-tested support to elementary educators.
 

LITERACY CONSULTANT

Passionate About Reading

Kristi’s background as an elementary teacher, literacy coach, and Reading Recovery-trained practitioner provides the perfect backdrop for her to lend support to new and experienced educators.
 
She has a deep knowledge of the science behind reading and is able to convey that to teachers in plain language and practical strategies that result in implementation. Kristi is passionate about helping teachers implement a balanced literacy approach focused on real-life, purposeful literacy activities that result in improved student achievement.
 

What other educators say

“Love having Kristi here to help support and model guided reading/mini-lessons. She’s wonderful!” Moriah Steenken, teacher at Sixth District Elementary School, Covington, KY
 
“Kristi is always so enthusiastic and engaging. I love how she gives real-life examples/stories to tie in with what she is sharing.” Kaley Waterman, teacher at Southwick Elementary School, Fort Wayne, IN
 
““I loved this workshop! I always enjoy listening and learning from Kristi! Great information that helps when planning successful practices in literacy!” Amy Gordon, teacher at Northside Elementary School, Midway, KY
 

BACKGROUND

A trusted guide

When Kristi McCullough leads large-group professional development for teachers, she uses practical ideas, humor, and straight talk to keep teachers focused and engaged. And while thousands of teachers have been impacted by Kristi’s reading and writing workshops, it’s her work with individual teachers which keeps her motivated and growing.
 
Ever since Kristi was pursuing her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees at Indiana University - East, she has been driven by learning and professional growth. This was evident when she became certified in the Literacy Collaborative and Reading Recovery programs and when she took on the role of her school’s first-ever literacy coach.
 
After Kristi had the taste of success that came from working alongside other teachers in a coaching relationship, she knew that she had discovered her true calling.
 
Now, as a full-time literacy consultant with Smekens Education, Kristi provides professional development for teachers in both reading and writing. She has utilized her unique expertise in reading to write two popular original resources: the “Launching the Reading Block,” and the “Teaching & Prompting Guide for Reader Behaviors and Reading Strategies.”
 
She and her husband, Jim, live in Cambridge City, IN and have two adult children, a pack of dogs, and a houseboat that provides a respite from reality during the warm summer months.
 

How do I start learning from Kristi?

Working alongside teachers in their own school is where Kristi feels most at home. Whether she’s leading sessions with the entire staff or coaching small groups of teachers, Kristi always leaves educators enlightened and encouraged.

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