Who's Who Top Educators

Margaret Helen Farris

Title: Learning Specialist
Company: Achievement First
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Margaret Helen Farris, learning specialist at Achievement First, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of literary education.

Bolstered by 15 years of experience, Ms. Farris is a rising leader in the field of education. Specializing in literature studies and special education, she currently serves as a learning specialist at Crown Heights Elementary School, as a part of Achievement First, a learning organization with schools located in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Ms. Farris originally joined her school, and its parent organization, in 2013 as a first-grade special education teacher, and from 2014 to 2015, she taught kindergarten social studies and science. Since 2015, Ms. Farris has focused her efforts on teaching students between kindergarten and second grade about literature and phonics, the latter of which can be highly influential in establishing early reading habits in children.

At the onset of her career, Ms. Farris excelled as an after school kindergarten teacher for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from 2008 to 2010. Ever committed to her professional endeavors, she currently maintains her affiliation with the International Literacy Association. She is also a member of a local leadership fellows program. Furthermore, Ms. Farris remains active in her community as a civic-minded citizen, regularly donating to charitable causes, such as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. and other human rights campaigns.

Prior to beginning her vocational journey, Ms. Farris cultivated her own formal education. She began her studies at Skidmore College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, with a minor in American Studies, in 2008. She subsequently continued her collegiate career at New York University and achieved a Master of Arts in literacy and reading education in 2011. In addition to her academic credentials, Ms. Farris has obtained her recognition as a Stage III Teacher, completed a course on “Pathways to Proficient Reading” at the AIM Institute for Learning & Research, and trained in “The Science of Reading” through Scarborough’s Reading Rope.

Ms. Farris was inspired to become a teacher after completing her collegiate studies, having received her own superb education during her time as a student. Furthermore, as someone with dyslexia, she naturally gravitated towards the field of education, as she aspired to teach others dealing with similar issues and disabilities. Accounting for her achievements, she is particularly proud to be a proponent of the reading revolution that has occurred in recent years, which highlights the science of reading and creative ideas, such as Scarborough’s Reading Rope. Looking to the future, Ms. Farris hopes to codify a new academic intervention routine and implement new, easier lesson plans for her fellow teachers.

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