Seltzer Pup Star Readers

This past September, I launched a new reading program at our school.

Called the Seltzer Pup Star Readers, 20 of our most exemplary students from grades 2-5 were selected to read to the adoptable dogs at City Dogs Cleveland.

Once a month, we walk over to the city kennel and read books to the dogs. Students select their own books and practice them at home. The goal is to increase the students’ confidence in reading aloud as well as helping the dogs have a positive experience while living in the kennel.

I am so very proud of the students in this program. I am so grateful to my fellow teachers here at Marion C. Seltzer as well as the staff and volunteers at City Dogs Cleveland who helped to make this dream of mine a reality.

Lisa Swet began her teaching career with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in 1991. She currently teaches English as a Second Language in grades K–8 at Marion C. Seltzer School. Her first 11 years with the district were as a first grade teacher. Lisa has spent the last 16 years working as a TESOL classroom teacher in the Multilingual Multicultural program and is a proud advocate for students who are English Language Leaners. For the last four summers, Lisa has taught at the International Newcomers Academy as part of the district’s Elementary Summer Reading Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education from The University of Findlay. Outside of her classroom, Lisa has created and organized an after-school homework club, helped procure donations for Seltzer’s student pantry, and is a volunteer for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank School Market Program.