• Meet Mary 

    Mary Hamilton with her dog while backpacking.

    Hello! My name is Mary Hamilton and I am the Reading Specialist here at Borah. Our room and staff are funded by Title One and our whole school receives benefits through this program! We lead small group reading instruction for all grades to improve literacy and we will also be providing math support. This is my first year as a Reading Specialist. It's my ninth year as a teacher and I have taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. This experience allows me to support different levels of readers. I look forward to serving your students!


    Vicky Hill
    Vicky Hill
    This is my 17th year in the Title program at Borah.  I am very passionate about reading and about the students.  I also work in the Wake Up and Read and CDA 4 Kids programs before and after school.


     Patrice Lusardi
    Patrice Lusardi
    I have worked at Borah for 10 years.  I have an early education degree and spent much of my career working with 2 year olds.  I also work in the Wake Up and Read program and CDA 4 Kids programs.  I love to watch students make those connections and begin to get excited about reading.
    Sue Depew 
    Sue Depew having a snowball fight with her family.
     Hi!  My name is Sue Morgan DePew and I work as a ParaProfessional on the Title team at Borah.  I enjoy working with small groups of kids to help them build trust, self esteem and reading skills.  I have one son who attends 6th grade at the Charter Academy and am married to the Principal at Sorensen, Mr. DePew.  Our family loves to hike all over Idaho with our chocolate lab, Duke.  When I am not working or hiking, you can find me in the kitchen cooking, baking and making caramels.
    Mary Ann Iott
    Mary Ann Iott
    My name is Mary Ann Iott. I have been part of the Borah Staff since 2002. It has been a privilege to work on the playground and assisting teachers throughout these years.
    Being able to help children read is a desire of mine. Having a small part of their learning whether reading or playing makes for a full day but more important makes my heart full. 
    I joined the Title team this year and am looking forward to connecting closer to these children as they learn to read.
    I live in Coeur D Alene with my husband, 2 dogs and 3 cats. We have 4 grown children, three of them went through Borah. We are very blessed also with two grandaughters and a grandson on the way. 

    We are lucky to have such a quality staff in Title and we would like to welcome you for a great year of reading!

    Our Goals are to help children become confident readers that enjoy reading. We hope to partner with families to make literacy a priority in the home and we hope you feel welcome to contact us.

    Title I is a national federally-funded reading program which provides supplemental instruction for those children who need a boost in reading.   Children who score below grade level on the Idaho Reading Indicator, ISAT 2.0, other assessments, or are referred by the classroom teacher are given specialized instruction. The Title Team provides services for kindergarten through fifth. The children are grouped according to their needs and strengths in reading. During this time, they receive work in phonics instruction, word work, comprehension strategies and small group instruction with reading text at their level.

    Title one funding is dependent on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, so we would like to ask all parents to fill out the application regardless of whether you will choose to use it.  However, this year all students in the attendance zone for Borah are receiving free breakfasts and lunches due to a grant.
    * By inviting parents to participate in the planning, review, and improvement of the Title I program by providing opportunities for parents to observe their child at school in their Title I program

    Borah is a School-wide Title One school which means that we are able to receive additinal training, resources, programs, and staffing to benefit all reading groups, from below to above grade level.  School-wide programs do not have to identify particular children as eligible for services.  Having school-wide status helps us to assist all of our students and enhance our reading program as a whole.  This means any student who could benefit from additional help using Title 1 resources, whether for a two week skill group or a year-long remediation plan, will receive the help needed.  Being a school-wide title program also requires our entire staff to be qualified as "highly qualified."  This is done through college credits or passing the Praxxis test.  It is your right as a parent to ask to see how your child's teacher has reached the highly qualified status.  This information is kept in the office.
    Department of Education Title website:

    National Title 1 Association website:


    Parent involvement is one of the most important components of the Title I program. There are many things parents can do to promote better reading in their child, and Title I tries to bring about successful reading habits both in school and at home. The Title I staff are available to support families with questions and concerns regarding reading and writing.  The staff  sends home regular progress reports and have a large supply of books and resources for parents who have children enrolled in the program.

    Partnering with Parents:

    * By informing parents of their child's participation in the Title I program in writing or by phone

    * By providing an informational meeting for the Title I parents as needed

    * By keeping parents informed of their child's academic progress, through conferences, phone calls or written reports

    * By ensuring parents will have reasonable access to the staff and the school

    * By providing opportunities for parents to volunteer in the Title I program

    * By providing parents with specific support strategies and materials to help their child with reading, spelling, and writing at home


    The staff at Borah feel that reading is the one skill upon which all other learning is based and are working hard to ensure each child receives the best reading  instruction possible. The five components of reading are taught with an emphasis on comprehension.  The skills are phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.  In addition Borah has teamed with community volunteers who provide one on one tutoring with students who would benefit from extra help. Help comes from volunteer programs like Wake Up and Read, CDA for Kids, before and after school intervention classes, and parents.


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