Ms. Christian Sakar graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences. She began her teaching career as a short- and long-term substitute at Yorkshire Academy and is currently completing her second year of teaching 1st grade at Crockett Elementary. Ms. Sakar’s favorite part of the school day is the read-aloud. She uses this time to share her love for reading and learning with her students, often focusing on nonfiction books, which are a particular passion of hers. While nothing excites her more than seeing her students choose nonfiction books to read all on their own, she also has a soft spot for fiction.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is her all-time favorite book, and she still tears up when she reads it. Her tears would come as no surprise to most, as that is the kind of teacher Ms. Sakar is: one who puts her heart and soul into her work. Her students in Houston are fortunate to have her. Likewise,
TutorMate is privileged to partner with Ms. Sakar and her students. Ms. Sakar has fully embraced the TutorMate system and is grateful for her partnership with Rice University.
WHAT MAKES THIS CLASSROOM SUCCESSFUL
She has developed a strong working relationship with many of the tutors by taking attendance and communicating via messaging. Ms. Sakar optimizes her students’ learning experiences by updating reading levels routinely, and the students have made remarkable progress in their reading abilities.
The students in Ms. Sakar’s classroom have the privilege of tutoring with Houston’s own Rice University, one of the country’s leading research institutions. TutorMate is proud to partner with this prominent and influential school that, in its own words, seeks to produce the next generation of leaders and advance tomorrow’s thinking. Rice faculty and students have been honored with Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, Academy Awards, National Medals of Science and more.
Changing the lives of 14 young readers by serving as TutorMate volunteers at Crockett Elementary can now be added to their prestigious list of accomplishments. Rice University tutors have shared the following in tutor session feedback:
Abigail McDougal — “We are having a great time!”
Ewart Jones — “Easton is great. He is eager to read and fun to tutor.”
Larry Garvey — “Ryan seemed more relaxed with me and discussed his dogs with me at
one point. He read well, and I think he is progressing … ”
Mary Ward — “Luanna was very excited to get started. We did the word sort game, and she put all the words into the correct boxes!”
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