Judy Wallis receives TCTELA Lifetime Service Award
When one thinks of the consummate literacy professional, Judy Wallis certainly comes to mind. Although currently retired as Spring Branch ISD’s ELA director, she continues to serve as an educator and literacy consultant almost daily even while teaching education courses at the University of Houston. Judy represents the very best of literacy instruction, and teachers often remark, “I want to grow up to be just like her.”
Opportunities to observe Judy Wallis in action abound. Whether she is modeling lessons with children, conducting workshops with teachers, or developing literacy programs with principals, Judy’s knowledge and leadership inspire others in the field of literacy education. Fortunately, she shares her expertise widely. She has presented sessions for the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading.
Association, the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and Abydos Learning International.
If one is unable to catch Judy at one of these events, look no further than her book, Comprehension Intervention, or the October 16, 2013, issue of Education Week where Judy continues to share her passion for literacy education with all of her peers.
Exuding confidence and clarity, Judy Wallis spoke to the State Board of Education during the English language arts TEKS review. As board members peppered her with questions, her eloquent answers revealed decades of her intensive work in the literacy field. She drew from a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a career working alongside fellow national literacy leaders.
Judy continues to shape literacy instruction in Texas, leading teachers towards authentic literacy instruction and a dialogic classroom. Her knack for creating a network of like-minded educators serves as a beacon for all who follow. Judy is also an active member of the East Fort Bend Lambda Sigma Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, an honorary organization for women educators.
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