Raina earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Glassboro State College in 1989 and a Master’s of Reading from Rowan University in 2008. She is a Certified Reading Specialist and possesses both Orton-Gillingham Tutor and Adult Basic Education Certificates. Before moving to Arizona in July 2016, Raina was a Response to Intervention teacher and a classroom teacher for 25 years with an at-risk public school district in New Jersey. She was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012. During that time, she participated in many leadership roles. Raina wrote curricula, served as a new teacher mentor, volunteered for a multitude of school committees, and assisted at parent literacy workshops. Currently, in addition to tutoring, she is working as an ELAA (English Language Acquisition for Adults) Instructor for the Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways Program. She is very passionate about literacy. She enjoys teaching because she believes all individuals have a desire to learn and want to be proud of their accomplishments. Her future goals are to participate in research aimed at improving educational strategies. She would also love to write a book about effective ways to help children become more confident and successful readers. Raina specializes in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and has an enthusiastic teaching-style. She uses multi-sensory (hands-on) techniques with all of her students. Raina feels learning is contagious. She consistently encourages her students to never stop challenging themselves to explore new things.