Hello! I am Mrs. Tingley
I graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education in 1993. I  have a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and received Literacy Collaborative Literacy Coordinator training through The Ohio State University in 2003.  I also received National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.  I have had a wide range of teaching experience, from Kindergarten to fifth grade. I am originally from Ohio and moved to Indiana in 2006 to join the DeKalb Central staff. I love learning about literacy and helping other educators incorporate it into their classrooms.   I currently serve as the Literacy Coordinator for Country Meadow Elementary. I train and coach teachers in the best practices of teaching reading and writing. I also oversee our school's RTI process, literacy assessments, student selection for interventions, data analysis, and the monitoring of student progress. I assist the Literacy Paraprofessionals in delivering research-based interventions.

Contact Information: ctingley@dekalbcentral.net
                                                    (260) 920-1017 ext.7130

Literacy Instruction at DeKalb Central

"Teaching students to read and write is a teacher's job.

Teaching students to love reading and writing is a teachers gift."

- Dale Lumpa

Our goal for all students is to be at or above grade level in all areas and to have a love of reading and writing.

Students at Country Meadow are immersed in literacy throughout the day. Teachers use high quality literature and best practices to teach reading, writing, spelling, word study, vocabulary and grammar  to students during Read Aloud, Guided Reading, Reading Mini-lessons, Work Stations, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, Word Study, etc.

Parents are always encouraged to support students at home. At the bottom of the page are resources and links to help your child at home. To access these resources contact your child's classroom teacher.

Response to Instruction (RTI)
Response to Instruction (RtI) in DeKalb Central Schools involves a proactive, systematic approach to instruction to develop socially responsible students who are literate, academically successful, engaged in all aspects of their education and prepared for success in the 21st century. This approach is a multi-tiered and data-driven service delivery model with the intent to ensure that all students meet or exceed proficiency standards. RtI involves the collaboration between school, home and community.



The Literacy Intervention Team -Mrs. Ungerer, Mrs. Althouse, Ms. Chatman and Ms. Speer work with small groups of students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade. They provide extra support in literacy and Math and monitor student progress.