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Meet A Reading Specialist & Her Team Of Therapy Dogs | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a new Teachers' Lounge: Trudy DesLauriers. She's a reading specialist at Morris Elementary School who has taught for over 30 years. She also has two golden retriever therapy dogs, Martha and Thelma Lou, who come in to help struggling readers. Once a month, a group of other therapy dogs from greyhounds to goldendoodles join them for their "Sit! Stay! Read!" event.

Trudy talked to host Peter Medlin about how her therapy dog program and how Martha and Thelma Lou sometimes get to offer emotional support for students on top of the reading help.

Also, on the show, early voting is now open in Illinois! What does it take for cities and counties to prepare for a presidential election and make sure it goes off without a hitch?

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Trudy DesLauriers


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