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About the Instructor – Cindy Merrilees

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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Cindy Merrilees is an excellent presenter and a highly experienced primary teacher. In addition, Cindy trains teachers and presents workshops at regional and national conferences.

She is the co-author of two popular professional books, Ten Ways to Become a Better Reader and Write on Target. Cindy is also the author of Incorporating Effective COMPREHENSION STRATEGIES Into Your Reading Instruction (Grades 1-3), the resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar.

Cindy’s expertise, practicality and enthusiasm keep her seminars fast-moving and enjoyable. The seminar will be filled with effective reading comprehension strategies you can implement immediately in your own primary classroom.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“This workshop was awesome! Cindy shared a variety of practical strategies to teach comprehension! I can't wait to use these in my classroom.”
– Laura McConnell, 1st Grade Teacher

Thank you for the numerous strategies to aid in comprehension. I loved all the vocabulary ideas!”
– Mary Schneider, 3rd Grade

Cindy is a dynamic presenter who keeps the audience highly engaged. This workshop was full of practical ideas to teach comprehension strategies to children. Great job!”
– Glorian Duricy, Reading Specialist

“Thank you for your fascinating ideas. I will start tomorrow!
– Patty Herrera, 1st Grade Teacher

“Cindy was fun and engaging. I learned many successful activities and strategies I can use to enhance my students' comprehension. Excellent presentation.”
– Kimberly Sam, 2nd Grade Teacher

Excellent! Lot's of meaty ideas for instant implementation – especially with my language impaired students.”
– Joyce Herring, Special Education Teacher

Great ideas for use in the classroom! This will really help my ELL students too!”
– Brigida Layton, Teacher

Great! A lot of useful tools I am excited and inspired to use in my classroom. Also, they are easy and won't take much preparation to implement!”
– Jayne Tinney, 2nd Grade Teacher

Cindy knows what it's like to be in the classroom! That makes the materials and ideas very relevant and practical.”
– Joanne Adamson, 3rd Grade Teacher

Cindy is a great presenter with lots of fantastic ideas. Her ideas were easy to envision implementing. I can't wait to try them tomorrow!”
– Shannon Blecha, Teacher

Great job! Cindy's activities are so practical and easy to use. I liked her down-to-earth approach.”
– Brenda Bowman, Title I Teacher

Incredibly practical, usable and fun. Cindy gave us everything necessary to implement the ideas immediately.”
– Danette Derickson, 1st Grade Teacher

Vivacious, engaging presenter with wonderful, practical suggestions for immediate classroom use! Thank you very much!”
– Wendy Craig, Teacher