Professional Development

Meet Amanda

Hi there! I’m Amanda–wife, momma, teacher, and lover of all things teaching, especially literacy! While my love of teaching dates back to my early childhood days of playing school with friends and siblings, I haven’t always loved literacy instruction.

In fact, I used to feel overwhelmed and so unsure of how to teach children to read. Thanks to wonderful teaching teammates, fabulous mentors, and caring administrators who saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself, I have fallen in love with not only literacy within the classroom, but also with helping teachers find their path to solid, impactful, and engaging literacy instruction in their own classrooms!

I am an experienced primary teacher who is passionate about creating lessons students love and that are easy to implement for teachers. Helping teachers learn how to navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I have presented for Staff Development for Educators across the U.S. at their regional and national conference and El Saber Enterprises on topics from read alouds, shared reading, guided reading, word work, science and literacy integration, and more!

I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. I enjoy growing with teachers just like you and helping you every step of the way on your teaching journey!

About Mrs. Richardson’s Class

In the summer of 2011, with a recent move to a new city and a new teaching job on the horizon, I spent my summer preparing for a new class of first graders. It was a time when I knew no one and wasn’t sure what my new school would be like. I began connecting with other educators through blogs and loved getting to share my ideas and peek inside other classrooms, too! This is when my blog, Mrs. Richardson’s Class, was born.  

With life changes over the next few years, I transitioned from the classroom to work from home with Mrs. Richardson’s Class. As more and more teachers found our resources and site helpful, the demand for quality content and resources grew. The team that started out as a one woman show has grown to five. We now have help writing for the blog, creating resources, and reaching teachers on social media. We are a team of teachers and mommas who have a deep passion for supporting teachers, especially in the area of literacy instruction. 

The heart of Mrs. Richardson’s Class has remained the same through all these years– to help busy teachers reach their little learners with trusted, engaging resources while giving them more time with the people they love most!

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