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Armed with all the lessons from Pauline Adamson’s binder, called Phonics for Reading and Spelling, TerraBeth rewrote her entire curriculum. She says, “That’s when it hit that I was going to start doing things differently.” She crafted a program at Garfield School called sign phonics, using sign language to help kids process reading and learn in a multi-sensory way. “It opens up their brains to a new way of learning,” TerraBeth says. “It lights up their brain and they can feel their brain changing. They don’t know how to explain it but they can feel it. Watching it is a miracle.” When Garfield closed in 2001, TerraBeth was transferred to Senior High, where she was asked to start a reading program. She worried all summer, afraid that the way she was teaching young children wouldn’t translate to high school, but as soon as she walked in the doors at Senior, she says, “I was at home.” She stayed at Senior for 15 years, starting out as a reading instructor and later becoming an English teacher (where one of her students was Tianna Cronk, whom she had taught to read a few years earlier). During her time at Senior, she continued tutoring after school and on weekends and was active in the Montana State Literacy Association. Along the way, she increased her formal knowledge of the Barton system, traveling to California to become certified in the first three levels of the teaching method. On the side, she helped start One Book Billings, in which people across the community read a book by a Montana or regional author and then discuss it in various forums. TerraBeth says while she loved working for Billings Public Schools and really enjoyed her years at Senior, she still had

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know about three years ago there was this young girl in the newspaper and she got this award for some reading program after school. I have been sending her all of my stuff and I never heard from her.’ I told her, ‘That was me.’ She told me, ‘Well, you must not have been ready for it.’”

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