Tonya Byrd - Teacher Leadership Specialist

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Tonya Byrd


Hello! Thanks for stopping by! Let me introduce myself! I have been in the teaching profession for almost 30 years!  I am also a military spouse of 30 years, and this has had a huge impact on my teaching career. I feel that each military move made me a stronger teacher as I learned from various educational leaders throughout our country and collaborated with teachers of diverse backgrounds. I often reflect on the skills I’ve gained over the years. I’ve become a better communicator, a more organized teacher, an adaptive educator, and a lifelong learner. All of these attributes have culminated into making me the Teacher Leadership Specialist I am today.  

The aspect of this role that I enjoy most is supporting the teachers at Viewmont and HPS.  I truly enjoy meeting and collaborating with teachers on teaching strategies, analyzing student data, discussing district and state policies, and unpacking the state standards with teachers so that our students can grow academically. 

Looking back over my educational career, I feel like the many jobs I’ve held for the past 29 years have led me to be the best I can be as the Teacher Leadership Specialist at Viewmont Elementary School.  I can honestly say that I love my job and there is no place in this world I’d rather work!

So, what does a Teacher Leadership Specialist do?  Well, I feel I have the very best of both worlds because I get to work with students, parents, and teachers to support student learning. Let's take a look at a few things we can do to grow your child as a reader...

First off, did you know reading aloud is one of the best reading activities you can do to help your child be a successful reader?  When you read to your child, you are modeling fluency; developing their vocabulary; and if you talk about the book after you finish, you are helping them to comprehend what they read!  If you have a kindergarten through second grade student, these pre-reading skills are crucial for becoming a fluent reader.

But wait, studies show that reading aloud to older children can also improve their reading skills.  You can read a book together, each reading a page or chapter, to help strengthen their accuracy, fluency, and comprehension!

Below are a few links you may find helpful in working with your child to increase their reading ability.  

Dolch Word List
Fry's Fluency Phrases
Reading Rockets - Launching Young Readers

Lastly, did you know Viewmont has purchased several online tools to help your child become a better reader at home?  See your child's teacher to find out more about these great resources!


Tonya Byrd
Teacher Leadership Specialist
(828)324-7049 EXT 141