In Person Professional Development

On-site and interactive professional development from one of our literacy specialists.

In Person Overview

Receive 3 hours of in-person professional development from one of our trained literacy specialists. In-person sessions are interactive, in-depth, and teachers will leave ready to implement the curriculum with their students the next school day.

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the eight phonemic awareness skills, their scope and sequence
  • Observe a model lesson
  • Engage in guided practice with the literacy specialist
  • Discuss ideas for intervention and monitoring student progress
  • Q&A


3 hours


Live in-person


Up to 75 people


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Our Specialists

Alisa VanHekken

Alisa VanHekken

Alisa is an experienced teacher and Reading Specialist. Alisa taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and provided reading support services as a Reading Specialist. She holds a master’s degree is Reading and Literacy, along with an ESL endorsement and an administrative endorsement. Alisa was trained in the phonemic awareness curriculum by Dr. Heggerty himself, and worked closely with him for over six years. Alisa began working at Literacy Resources, LLC in 2013 and serves as the Director of Consulting Services.

Marjorie Bottari

Marjorie Bottari

Marjorie is an experienced teacher, Reading Specialist, Reading Coach, and Elementary Administrator. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of grade levels, ranging from Pre‑K–8. Marjorie has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College, a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from DePaul University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Benedictine University. Marjorie had an opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. Michael Heggerty, who served as her mentor when receiving her administrative degree.

Erica Suarez

Erica Suarez

Erica is an experienced teacher and Instructional Literacy Coach.  She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of grade levels ranging from K-5, teaching in Mexico and the United States.  Erica has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Spanish major from Western Washington University, a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education from the American College of Education, and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Judson University.  Erica is passionate about dual language education and believes in providing all students with the early foundational literacy skills that they need to be successful.

Oh my God, it was the best PD we've ever had! All the teachers were complimenting me afterward, which doesn't always happen. The trainer was marvelous and the teachers were really engaged.

Tammy Halfacre,
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District,

The support that you get from Alisa and Marjorie is excellent. They understand reading very well, and they have mastered this part of literacy. They make it very accessible.

Russell Washington,
School District of Philadelphia

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