Mrs. Raines

Biography

Sraines
I began teaching in 2003 as a long-term substitute teacher of Language Arts in my hometown in New Jersey. In 2004, I taught 6th and 8th grade reading in Camden, NJ, a poor inner city. When I first heard a student struggle to read, I was hooked on trying to help. I began my masters program in reading in 2006 at Wilmington University, Delaware. In 2008, I moved to Savannah to be with my (then) fiance. I finished my masters in October and got married in November. I taught 4th grade math (!)  until I became a stay at home mom. I went back to teaching 7th grade Language Arts in Sumter (outside of Columbia) and received my National Boards Certificate in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy.  I moved to Charleston in 2014 to become the Master Reading Teacher at Fort Johnson and am now the literacy coach. I love Charleston. I love middle school. I love reading. I believe that analytical reading is the foundation for all learning. I am passionate about helping children succeed!

I live in West Ashley with my wonderful husband Mark and my two young children, Skip and Amanda. I enjoy reading (of course), cooking, biking, and boating.

Contact Information

Email: sonja_raines@charleston.k12.sc.us (quickest method)

Phone: 843-762-2740

Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45am-3:45pm (sometimes flexible)

I will be happy to discuss your child's literacy goals; please feel free to contact me.


Website Resources

Some reading sites to use at home...
www.readkiddoread.com (from famed author James Patterson, Middle School is the Worst)
www.adlit.org (Adolescent Literacy)
Why Family Literacy is important:  
http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1074&context=reading_horizons

Parents...you don't need a bookcase full of books to promote literacy.  You just need words around the house:  newspapers, cereal boxes, catalogs, advertisement flyers in the mail, etc.  Read and discuss with your child. Anything helps. 

For students in the Reading Remediation class...
Click 
here to access the Language Live website: (6th & 7th grades)
Click here to access the VocabJourneys website:  (8th grade only)