My name is Traca Hilson. I graduated from WTAMU in 1997 with my bachelor's degree, and I have just completed my master's degree in educational administration from ASU. I am starting my 21st year in the district. Nine of those years were spent teaching 4th grade, and eleven of those years were spent helping teachers instructionally. I made the decision at the end of last year that it was time for a change. I realized how much I missed teaching and having daily interactions with students, so I decided to return to the classroom as a reading interventionist. Reading and writing instruction are my educational passions. I am absolutely fascinated at how one learns to read and write, and even more so, how, with the right instruction, one can become a better reader and writer. At the very core of my being is my desire to help others to grow and attain their goals. My desire is to restore hope in those who struggle with reading and writing by helping them to become better readers and writers. My happy place is with my family, which includes my husband, Mike Hilson, and our sweet little baby boy, Samuel. Aside from spending time with my family, I enjoy riding my bike, reading, and trips to the mountains. My daily prayer is that I walk in truth, with integrity and patient perseverance, and that others might see God's light in me. I am extremely excited about this year and about the progress we are going to make.