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Holly Springs-Motlow
Reading Recovery
Christie Mahaffey
Reading Recovery/Literacy Support

It is such a blessing to be part of such a wonderful school! I have been teaching for 21 years, all here at HSM, in 5K, 4K, 1st grade and, now in Reading Recovery. In fact, I attended HSM as an elementary student! Then went on to Mabry Junior High, Chapman High and Converse College, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. Later, I returned to Converse to obtain a Masters of Education degree in Elementary Education. I have also been a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood Education.

My home is here in Holly Springs, where I also attend church at Holly Springs Baptist. I am married to Russell, who is a teacher and coach at Woodruff High School and I have two children, Christen, 17, and Dalton, 12. We have five pets - two dogs, Rocky and Angel, and three cats.

If you ever have any questions about the Reading Recovery program or about ways I could help your child in literacy, feel free to contact me.

Contact Information
Phone: 864-472-8120

 Ways to Help Your Child at Home
Reading Recovery homework is very simple. The most important thing is for your child to read the books he/she brings home each night. These books will be easy for him/her and shouldn't take much time. Reading easy books helps a student develop fluency, quickly recognize high frequency words and build self-confidence. We ask that adults let the child read these books independently. A good way for you to help is to listen and if something the child says doesn't make sense, say -- "Try that again." or "Something didn't sound right there." or "I'm confused about that." Reading is for learning and enjoying a story so every mistake doesn't have to be corrected. However, if what the child is reading doesn't make sense, he/she should be listening to him/herself and re-reading to understand the story.

Online Resources

For Parents:

Book Builder

Using the pre-made stories and illustrations, you can personalize books that your child can read.

For Students:

PBS Kids

Lots of fun and educational activities!


About Reading Recovery
Reading Recovery is a research-based, short-term intervention of one-to-one teaching for at risk first graders that was developed by Dr. Marie Clay.  The students selected to participate in this program are taught individually for 30 minutes each day ranging from 12 to 20 weeks.  Each lesson is created specifically for that child by a highly trained Reading Recovery teacher.  The lessons begin with the strengths of the child and all learning links to these strengths.  This instruction is in addition to the instruction the child receives in their classroom.  Throughout the school year, Reading Recovery teachers serve an average of 8-10 Reading Recovery Students 1 to 1 and an average of 45 students are served through literacy small groups.

As soon as students can read and write at grade level or their 20 weeks are completed, students’ lessons are discontinued and new students are selected to receive individual instruction. Reading Recovery is offered in all of our elementary schools in Spartanburg County School District 1.

The goal of Reading Recovery is to dramatically reduce the number of first-grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write and to reduce the cost of these learners to educational systems.


Physical Address: 325 Motlow School Road | Campobello, SC 29322
Phone: 864-472-8120 | Fax: 864-895-0620
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