Literacy intervention involves increasingly intensive and effective instructional interventions for students who struggle in reading and writing.  Interventions included are Reading Recovery, Phonics First, Small Literacy Groups, and Small Writing Group Instruction. Students in grades K-4 are served.  The goal of intervention is to instill the skills and strategies students need to gain independence and apply those skills and strategies in the classroom.



Christy Howerton

I began my teaching career in 1995.  I taught in Northwest Arkansas for many years before moving to Russellville.  I grew up in a family of educators and was drawn to the teaching profession at a very young age.  I even married a teacher/coach. After teaching in the regular classroom for 16 years, I moved to a literacy interventionist position. I am trained in Barton Reading and Spelling, Phonics First, LIPS (Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing for Reading, Spelling, and Speech), and Reading Recovery. I have a son named Gunnar and a daughter named Madison. I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog, Aspen. I love working with children and helping them achieve their goals. 


Amber Duvall

I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. I will finish my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in the Summer of 2020. I enjoy being outdoors, running, and spending time on the farm with my husband, son, and two step-daughters. The best thing about teaching are the relationships that you form with your students.  A student may not remember everything you taught them, but they will remember the way you made them feel.


Tammy Estes

My family and I moved to Russellville with our three daughters in 2016. My husband is a Navy veteran and a power plant operator. Prior to moving to Russellville I was an accredited CDH provider for seven years. I enjoy being the Littles minister at the City Church here in Russellville. In my free time, I also enjoy reading, spending time with friends, cheering on my daughters in their many activities, and working in my yard.


This team works to support the teachers with literacy instruction and testing to ensure each and every child in our school moves forward toward their literacy goals.

Left to right: Marilyn Ogelsby, Melinda White

Left to right: Sara Gordon, Jamie Linton, Lisa Pennington