Amanda McNamara Lowe has always loved the challenge of teaching children to read. As she became a parent, she realized that other parents were overwhelmed when they attempted to teach their own children to read. The culmination of teaching regular education, special education, college, and her own children for 14 years led her to develop a multi-sensory and developmentally appropriate method called Stretch & Catch. Stretch & Catch has one goal – to help parents, caregivers and teachers teach all children how to read.
Amanda has used the Stretch & Catch method to teach reading to all ages and levels. Children who are gifted, children with learning disabilities and every level in-between have achieved success using Stretch & Catch. She has found that using Stretch & Catch’s multi-sensory approach helps children understand how words work by pulling them apart and putting them back together. Stretch & Catch follows a developmentally appropriate spelling order that enables the parent, teacher, or caregiver to teach children Stretch & Catch words at their instructional level.
Amanda has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education grades 1-8. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Education as an Intervention Specialist with a certification in Moderate-Severe Special Education for grades K-12. In addition to teaching in elementary schools, Amanda spent three years as an instructor at Cleveland State University. There she taught undergraduates and graduates in the areas of Phonics Assessment, Phonics Instruction and Literature Based Reading.
In addition to being a full time mother, Amanda has also spent countless hours successfully tutoring children who have needed reading and spelling intervention.
She lives with her three children and husband in Cleveland, Ohio.