I help support elementary teachers (and homeschool moms) prevent burnout by helping them easily manage their reading instruction so that they can increase reading skills with confidence.
My mission is to help over 500+ teachers (& homeschool moms) see growth in their children's reading skills by providing them with resources, strategic planning, and effective coaching so that teaching reading becomes FUN, EASY, & EFFECTIVE.
I never forget being in my 7th grade class, filled with anxiety because I was horrified of reading aloud because I didn’t know the words on the page. I remember my mom always telling me “Sound it Out”. She never knew that that was taunting simply because I was trying to sound it out, but I just didn’t know how. I became a math girl because that was the only enjoyable topic in school, and I started creating my own methods of reading and comprehending that allowed me to graduate with honors.
Eventually, I received my first full-time public-school teaching position in 5th grade. I was so excited about that I completely overlooked that it was a 100% title one school. This meant I was pretty much in a building filled with all low performing students. Long behold, my second year teaching I had 44 total students in my fifth-grade classroom. The highest reading level was second grade. So, all my students were either reading on a kindergarten, first grade, or second grade reading level. The first week of school I looked around and all I could see was little miniature versions of me. Like “little mes” everywhere. All these kids were just struggling. Year after year, after being passed along here they were in 5th grade and none of them knew how to read a grade level text. I was terrified and I knew at that moment that it had to be me. I had to stand up and face a system designed to just pass kids instead of going the extra mile to close the learning gap.
I'll never forget the moment where we were at a faculty meeting towards the end of the year and my assistant principal and principal pulled me in front of everybody and told me that every single one of my students, I mean 100% of them, passed the state standardized test. I was in shock, they were in shock, everybody in the school was in shock because last August those babies were reading 3+ grade levels behind and now they passed the state standardized test for 5th grade. That is when I knew.
I knew in my heart that it was bigger than me. It was bigger than that classroom. It was bigger than my school. I was up against a system. A system where little mini versions of myself were crying out for change. That's what led me to where I am today. That's what led me to creating a program that allows teaching to be easy and fun. A program designed to not only help little versions of myself love to learn and read, but also help the young teacher version of myself enjoy the freedom of teaching reading without the anxiety and stress that I went through.
- 10+ years in education
- Experienced Educational Consultant
- Helped hundreds of K-5 teachers & dozens of homeschool parents
- K-5 Curriculum Specialist for 5+ years
- Teaching & Learning Administrator
- Former Title I Teacher
- TOTY finalist
- Through strategic planning & professional development, improved a Title I school from a D rated school to a B rated school
I'm a God-fearing woman who absolutely LOVES her family, friends, church & sorority members (Delta Sigma Theta Inc.). I am that person who always brings everyone together.
I have always been named the "FUN" one. My personality can described as POSITIVE, FUN & BUBBLY.
Instead of playing house, I only played school as a child. Of course, I was always the teacher.
Prior to becoming a mom, all I heard was teachers blaming parents on "not doing their part".
After becoming a mom, I started to empathize with the parenting role in education.
I saw the blame game between teachers and parents and how this gap was affecting children.
I realized it wasn't anyone's fault. Instead it was the lack of clarity around how each role can help shape the next generation.
That's when I knew I had to do something about it. I created Everything Aja because I've literally done everything: parenting, teaching & leadership.
Today, I spend all my energy on helping others shape the future by making teaching simple.
I'm so passionate about using my gifts and talents to help others.
- Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership
- 4.0 GPA from the University of West Georgia
- Masters degree in Early Childhood Education
- 4.0 GPA from the University of West Georgia
- Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
- Magna Cum Laude from the University of West Georgia
- Reading Endorsement
- Orton-Gillingham certified (phonics)
- Certified in diagnosing and correcting reading & mathematics practices
Teaching by Design Program
Implement a reading system that is guaranteed to prevent burnout with teaching reading. TBD includes a self-study course with a proven framework to prevent burnout with standard-based lessons + 2 monthly support calls + monthly professional development trainings to help you master reading best practices.
Professional Development for Schools
Improve your student's reading achievement by transforming your teachers with effective & comprehensive data-driven professional development in curriculum planning & reading best practices. When you work with me you are getting an expert, a coach, and a personal cheerleader because I want you to WIN!
Syllable Boot Camp Course
Teach any 2nd - 5th grader how to decode unknown words through explicit and systematic phonics instruction using the science of reading technique of syllable division to break down words into syllables with only 15 minutes a day and all the tools and resources you need to be successful.