I started my career in Leonardtown, MD, as a high school English teacher in 1997.  My wife and I moved to Johnsonburg, PA, in 1999 where I worked as an English teacher and athletic director.  I became a reading specialist in 2002.  At that time, I continued to teach English, but added some seventh and eighth grade reading classes to my schedule.  In 2006 I moved back to my hometown, Wellsboro.  I was the seventh grade reading teacher from 2006-2009.  In the fall of 2009, I became Wellsboro's seventh and eighth grade Title I reading teacher for the first time.  I worked with students in their classes and in small study groups.  We worked in a variety of ways to meet their reading needs.
After three years of Title I reading, I was able to move back to the classroom.  I continued to teach reading to seventh and eighth graders.  Although I enjoyed Title I reading, being back in the classroom allowed me to have an impact on more of our students and their reading skills.  This year I will be teaching ELA for seventh grade.
Throughout the year I will be preparing students for the PSSA tests.  These tests are a state requirement, and our goal is to score proficient or above on the reading section of the test.  Beyond that, though, I'd like to help my students with their reading fluency and comprehension, help them learn organizational and test-taking skills,and help them to become better students overall. 

**During the school shutdown, please go to our class portal page for review material and additional ELA information!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at jzuchowski@wellsborosd.org.
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