Reading Recovery Training Center

  • Welcome to the Southern Illinois Reading Recovery Training Site. The Reading Recovery center for Southern Illinois is administered by the District at Parrish Elementary School.  Lead by Parrish School Teacher, Ms. Susan Heape, Reading Recovery is an early intervention program that helps the lowest-achieving first grade students to develop effective strategies for reading and writing and to reach average levels of classroom performance.


    The So. Il. Reading Recovery® Site began in 1991-92 when the Carbondale Elementary District #95 sent Anne Campbell and Sarah Haake to the University of Illinois to be trained as Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders. They began training 16 teachers during the 1992-1993 school year.  Parrish School's own Dawn Leahy was trained as a teacher leader at National-Louis University during the 2000-2001 school year and served in the capacity of teacher leader until 2008.   Susan Heape was trained at National-Louis University during the 2008-2009 school year and began training Reading Recovery teachers at the site in the fall of 2009.The Southern Illinois Site has trained over one hundred teachers in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky.


    During this 2016-2017 school year, there are 19 active Reading Recovery Teachers.  Active Reading Recovery teachers attend 6 continuing professional development sessions each year. 

    There are currently 9 districts involved in the Southern Illinois Site. These include:

    • Bethalto CUSD #8
    • Carbondale ESD #95
    • Highland Community Unit School District #5
    • Millstadt CCSD #160
    • Risco R-II District, Risco, MO
    • Rome CCSD #2
    • St. Elmo CUD#202
    • Summersville School District #79
    • Woodlawn CCSD #4

Reading Classrooms

  • Click on the link to the left to be taken to the Reading Recovery Introduction Page. Please note, not all teachers have a classroom page at this time.  For more information about your child's classroom curriculum and activities, please contact the teacher at the email address listed.


    Susan Heape, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader/Comprehensive Intervention Model Coach


    Kathy Bell, Reading Recovery & Descubriendo la lectura


    Trish Biggs, Reading Recovery & RTI


    Maria Jessup, Reading Recovery & RTI/Coach


    Christine Young, Reading Recovery & RTI 


    Suzy Snider, Reading Recovery & RTI


    Jennifer Smith, Reading Recovery & RTI



Contact Us

  • Parrish Elementary School

    121 N. Parrish Lane

    Carbondale, IL 62901

    t: (618) 457-5781

    f: (618) 457-4661

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