Jozelia Richardson is dedicated passionately to urban education. After obtaining her Masters in Early Childhood Education she left her native hometown of Cleveland, Ohio relocating to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Broward County Schools developed Jozelia into a highly effective teacher. Instructing students in the four major content areas, Jozelia’s concern for the high percentage of students not reading at grade level led to her desire to focus on reading.
After nearly a decade of teaching students reading in the primary grades with high results measured by the state of Florida assessments, Jozelia returned to Cleveland as a Reading Recovery certified, accomplished teacher. As a Reading Recovery teacher Jozelia specializes in teaching struggling readers. Her expertise has led numerous Cleveland Metropolitan School students to success on Ohio’s state-mandated third-grade reading guarantee assessment. Jozelia’s continued commitment to the urban community pressed her to acquire certification in Educational Leadership. As a member of the school’s Building Leadership Team, Jozelia has advised leadership on best practices in literacy. Her leadership to collectively build a school-wide culture of literacy experts has gained her accolades in improving the school's Kindergarten to Third Grade Literacy component on the State of Ohio’s Report Card. Through her facilitation of professional development workshops, Jozelia has created a common language that early childhood educators utilize to develop a dialogue around deep analysis of data to determine the best way to meet students' literacy development. She has implemented the use of common assessments in the primary grades.
Jozelia collectively created a Multi-Tiered Support System with teachers in grades Kindergarten through grade three to prevent retention. Identifying students prior to third grade and providing them with the necessary supports utilizing staff most effectively has led to fewer students identified for special education services. Jozelia is currently developing a curriculum to strategically lift students reading processing skills through reading, writing, and visual arts.