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About Mrs. Justiniano


Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you find some helpful information on this page.  A bit about myself includes being a product of Lee County Schools. Go Seahawks!!  The year after I graduated Cape Coral High School I began to work at San Carlos Park Elementary as an ESOL assistant. Three years later I graduated from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!) with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have taught Kindergarten, First and Second Grades for 15 years.  I traveled to Madrid, Spain to the University of Alcala de Henares, known as the crib of Cervantes.  Cervantes is the one and only original author of Don Quixote first published in 1605, being a lover of literature this University fit my educational needs.  In Madrid I gained more knowledge in education which later on helped me transition to a Reading Coach/Curriculum Specialist position, focusing on grades K-2.  This is my third year at G. Weaver Hipps Elementary. I love teaching Reading from the foundation known as phonics. There is no other feeling like the joy you get to experience when children radiate with the power of a beginning reader. Please know I am here to help in any way and am excited to be on this journey. Hablo Espanol y me encanta ayudar a que comprendan nuestras metas educativas en nuestra primera lengua.  Je parle aussi un peu de francais et je peux essayer de vous aider au mieux de mes capacites.


How Do I Know a Good Early Reading Program When I See One?
A Guide for Parents

  • Every teacher is excited about reading and promotes the value and fun of reading to students.

  • All students are carefully evaluated, beginning in Kindergarten, to see what they know and what they need to become good readers.

  • Reading instruction and practice lasts 90 minutes or more a day in first, second and third grades and 60 minutes a day in Kindergarten.

  • All students in first, second and third grades who are behind in reading get special instruction and practice. These students receive, throughout the day, a total of 60 extra minutes of instruction.

  • Before- or after-school help is given to all students beyond first grade who need extra instruction or who need to review skills. Summer school is available for students who are behind at the end of the year.

  • Reading instruction and practice includes work on letters, sounds and blending sounds. Students learn to blend letters and sounds to form new words.

  • Learning new words and their meaning is an important part of instruction.

  • Students have daily spelling letter/sound, sound/word practice.

  • The connection between reading and writing is taught on a daily basis. Students write daily. Papers are corrected and returned to the students. By the end of second grade, students write final copies of corrected papers. Corrected papers are sent home for parents to see.

  • All students are read to each day from different kinds of books. Students discuss what they read with teachers and other students.

  • All students have a chance to read both silently and aloud in school each day and at home every night.

  • Every classroom has a library of books that children want to read. This includes easy books and books that are more difficult.

  • The school library is used often and has many books. Students may check books out during the summer and over holidays.

Related Resources

First Lady Laura Bush Launches Education Initiatives
Ready to Read * Ready to Learn


*Information read above was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education



Thinking Maps






 Circle Map is used to Define, Brainstorm, Discuss, Identify, & Tell Everything You Know.




Bubble Map is used to Describe, Characteristics, Qualities, Use Vivid Language, & Observe Using Your Five Senses.




Double Bubble Map is used to Compare and Contrast, Similarities and Differences, Alike and Different, & Distinguish Between.




Tree Map is used to Classify, Sort, Types or Kinds of, Group, & Categorize.




Brace Map is used to show Parts of, Show the Structure, Deconstruct, Take Apart, & Physical Components.




Flow Map is used to Sequence, Put in Order, Cycles, Patterns, & Steps.




Multi-Flow Map is used for Causes and Effects, If...Then, Predicts, Motives, Consequences, Impact of.




Bridge Map is used to Identify the Relationship, Guess the Rule, Symbolism, Analogy, & Simile/Metaphor.