I’m Jean Carver: Wife, mother, educator, and researcher. I look at life as an awesome adventure, full of God’s blessings and challenges. My faith guides my enthusiasm for learning and serving others. With all five of my children now graduated from college, I have found myself busier than ever, creating and building this business around my love of learning and reading.
Teaching students to read is a joy! My passion for reading and helping those who struggle with the skill has stemmed from a variety of professional and personal experiences. I received my undergraduate degree from Murray State University in Learning and Behavior Disorders and Elementary Education. I also have a masters in Learning Disabilities from Western Kentucky University. I began my teaching career working with children with special needs at a residential facility in rural Kentucky. From there I moved on to teach students with reading disabilities and learning behavior disorders in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky.
When our first child was born, I stayed home with her and began a tutoring service that lasted almost 30 years. Two years later, I also established a reading intervention program at local elementary school and taught part-time for four years. With the addition of four more children to the household, I stayed home, tutored in the afternoons and summers, and
assisted in several educational grant projects in the community. I taught preschool to several children twice a week when my children were that age, and I began homeschooling each of my children in fifth-grade. In between those years, I helped homeschool a friend’s daughter with special needs for two years, until finding an appropriate school setting for her.
In 2007, I began assisting our district’s school psychologists with testing students to screen for possible education disabilities. While doing that I've also worked part-time as a reading specialist at a local public elementary school, often alongside amazing speech pathologists. During this time period, I began focusing on the correlation between reading difficulties and the lack of acquisition of the phonemic code. After analyzing many current literacy programs used in American schools, I discovered the most common method and order for the teaching sounds was drawn out over several years and often haphazard with very little review. I soon began to understand that when children are taught the phonemic code in a systematic, intentional and sequential manner, they progress quickly with a wonderful sense of accomplishment.
All in all, I believe that working in so many different aspects of education has given me a unique perspective in teaching reading, and I hope to share that perspective with other educators, parents, and professionals. There is a quote on my refrigerator door that says, “One who can read but won’t, has no advantage over one who can’t.” In addition to it being an enjoyable pastime, I believe reading is the most powerful tool for seeking truth and knowledge, and in seeking truth and knowledge we become the best version of ourselves.