By Tennessee Watson 

Sheridan teacher revolutionizes school's approach to reading

Crystal Lenhart's passion for literacy closed the gap in reading proficiency at Big Horn Elementary


June 15, 2023

Tennessee Watson/WyoFile

Literacy coach Crystal Lenhart in her office at Big Horn Elementary, May 2023.

SHERIDAN - Learning to read well should be a reliable outcome of K-12 public education, but when Crystal Lenhart started as a reading specialist at Big Horn Elementary she confronted the heartbreaking reality that's not guaranteed in American schools.

After a decade of teaching - from fourth grade to art to kindergarten - Lenhart shifted her focus to literacy.

The change coincided with the publication of Emily Hanford's reporting on how the American education system fails to teach kids to read.

"Research shows that children who don't learn to read by the end of third grade are likely t...

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