Mrs. Sara McNanley

Phone: 703-957-4340


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Sara McNanley

Mrs. McNanley is thrilled to be the reading specialist at Mercer this year! This school year marks the 16th year in Loudoun County Public Schools. A graduate from Elon University, she has also earned a Masters in Education from George Mason University with certification as a Reading Specialist.  

Mrs. McNanley lives in South Riding with her husband, two daughters Madeline and Molly.  In her free time, Mrs. McNanley loves to read, spend time with family, excercise, and walk her dog, Harley.  She can also be found supporting her husband's athletic programs at Rock Ridge High School.  Mrs. McNanley is looking forward to working with the 7th graders in the Accelerated Literacy classes this year.  It's going to be an exciting year filled with many rewarding literary experiences!

Accelerated Literacy Skills

Course Description:

In the Accelerated Literacy Skills class students will work on reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to promote all areas of literacy.  Students will read various texts; some of the texts will be self-selected.  Students will work on activities that promote improvement in reading fluency, reading comprehension, and expanding reading vocabulary.  Students will work on various writing activities that promote improvement in organization of writing, sentence variety, word choice, and grammar.

Basic Components of the Course:

  • Independent reading time

  • Reading skills and writing skills mini-lessons

  • Vocabulary

  • Comprehension checks through reading responses, reflections, and questions

  • Writing

  • Teacher read aloud

Course Goals:

  • Assess individual student needs

  • Accentuate individual student strengths

  • Expose students to a variety of literature

  • Refine reading skills through independent reading time, shared reading, and group activities

  • Tailor the course to the needs of each individual student

  • Provide opportunities to write

  • Increase writing stamina

  • Write for a variety of purposes

  • Use student interest to make reading and writing choices

  • Provide opportunities to practice speaking in front of a group