Meet Shauntelle Modeste!
After almost 20 years in the field of education, I’ve come to realize that I have an unwavering passion for reading, student success, and parent advocacy.
As a former classroom teacher and literacy specialist for many years, I have witnessed the undeniable connection between academic excellence and involved parents. Research shows that positive parental involvement is a a good indicator of the academic success of students in school.
While serving on school leadership teams, I was in position to draft student success plans alongside teachers, administration and loving parents who wanted the best for their child. As a mother myself to a beautiful and curious 9 year-old daughter Madelyn Grace I understand the desire to give the best possible education to her.
I am a huge advocate for using quality literature and engaging books to cultivate critical and independent thinkers. After all, the goal of education is to gain useful knowledge that can help lead to a successful career and life.
I grew up in Arkansas and completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Education in 2000 and Master’s of Reading in 2002. I was very fortunate to be able to apply reading theories that I was learning in graduate school to my young students. So I knew early on that this reading “stuff” actually works! I moved to the wonderful state of Texas over seventeen years ago and continued my time in the classroom before transitioning to a literacy specialist role.
In addition to educating students I am a speaker. I present at international, national, and local education conferences. My most rewarding conference was the 2016 Parents as Teacher Conference in St.Louis. It was a pleasure to provide strategies for parents on how to construct meaningful early literacy experiences for their children. Presently, in addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Reading and Education I operate a small private school while completing dissertation work in Parental Involvement at the University of North Texas in Language and Literacy Studies.