Welcome!Hello parents and students! My name is Syria Watson, and I am so excited to begin my first year at Power Ranch as the Literacy Coach and Title I Reading Specialist. As a coach, I am honored to collaborate and work with teachers and students, from kindergarten through 6th grade. As a reading specialist, I coordinate Title I intervention services to provide students with additional support in reading.Before coming to Power Ranch, I spent 22 years as a classroom teacher and literacy coach in the Kyrene and Chandler school districts. Prior to teaching, I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at ASU, with an early childhood emphasis. I received my master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in curriculum and instruction, and later added a Reading Specialist endorsement. I love learning, and have had the opportunity and pleasure to learn from national literacy leaders including: Regie Routman, Judy Wallis, and Lucy Calkins.On a more personal note, I am married to my husband Matt, and have raised two incredible sons (Ben & Matthew). Matt and I live in Chandler with our cat, Kibby. We both love to run, and can be found running with friends every Saturday morning before the crack of dawn. I also love to read, work in my garden, and visit with family and friends.I believe a rich literacy life is an attainable gift for everyone. I'm proud to be a new member of the Power Ranch team, as we pursue this gift together. It is my hope that as each student increases his/her reading proficiency, we would foster a love of reading, learning, and discovery!Feel free to contact me at Syria.firstname.lastname@example.org.