Tier II Reading


The mission of Tier II Reading is to provide timely support to assist students in reaching their potential as readers.

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RTI Program

Response to intervention (RTI) is a three-tiered process of instruction at Achieve Language Academy, St. Paul. Tier 1 is the research based instruction and differentiated learning that happens within the classroom. Tier II provides an opportunity for students who are six months or more below grade level in grades 1-4, to receive lessons outside of the classroom focusing on their area of skill needs. Tier III at Achieve is provided to qualifying students within the Special Education framework.


Data from more than one source is used to determine eligibility for Tier II instruction. Some of the resources include MAP (NWEA) scores, CORE Assessment, Multiple Measures of Reading Assessment, Developmental Reading Assessment. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s reading development please speak to your child’s classroom teacher or the Reading Coordinator, Marlene Sorenson.


The three major goals for RTI Tier II Small Group Reading are the following:

  1. Provide small group instruction that meets the need of the individual learner.

  2. Help students gain skills that will allow them to work at their grade level.

  3. Show students that they can be successful when they work toward established goals.

Tier II Staff

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

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Kate Snavely

Tier II Teacher



I am fortunate to be able to share my love of reading and writing with small groups of students throughout the day. Kindergarteners through 4th graders spend their time with me learning phonics rules and comprehension concepts, while practicing their speaking, listening, and writing skills. I try to spend my spare time reading as much as possible. If you need new book ideas for your student, please reach out to me. We can work together to find resources for a joyful lifetime of reading.

Kelly Hanson

Tier II Teacher



Ever since discovering the joy in reading my favorite books as a child including, The Rainbow Fish, I knew literacy was an important part of my life. I pursued a career in teaching at Hamline University with an Undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Literacy Education. I am excited to share my passion of literacy as an intervention teacher at Achieve Language Academy!

Marlene Sorenson

Tier II Teacher



I am happy to say this is my 22nd year at Achieve. In that time, I have filled a variety of positions including teaching first and second grade, being a member of the administrative team, and presently providing small group reading support for grades 1-4. My passions include my family, teaching and animals. In my spare time I paint, read, garden, dance, cook and create with frosting, yarn, fabric...