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Kristin has been teaching and conferring with writers for over twelve years. As a literacy coach, teacher, presenter, consultant, and writer, she is passionate about reading and writing. Kristin has taught in Title 1 schools in both Florida and Georgia as well as an independent school in Florida.
Jennifer Allen is a literacy specialist in grades 3-5 for the Waterville, Maine, school district, where she works as a reading coach and leads professional development programs for teachers. Jennifer has presented her work to regional and national audiences through state literacy organizations, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a frequent contributor to Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy. Jennifer is the author of Becoming a Literacy Leader: Supporting Learning and Change and A Sense of Belonging: Sustaining and Retaining New Teachers .
Patrick is the youngest of ten children—five boys and five girls. "My parents were wonderful role models of literacy and learning, hard work, and humility," he says. His mother was a cook and owned a restaurant, and his father, a bricklayer by trade, helped run the restaurant and served as a "night cop" in their hometown.
With a Master of Education from the University of Western Ontario and more than 15 years of teaching experience in grades from Kindergarten to Grade 8, Anne Elliott has a proven dedication to literacy. She has shared this dedication professionally as a literacy learning coordinator, literacy coach, and librarian.
Marlene Asselin began her career as an early childhood teacher and was head teacher at the University of British Columbia Study Centre from 1983-1987. Now an associate professor at UBC, Marlene's research interests are in literacy education, information literacy, and school librarianship.
As a full-time writing coach for Wawasee School District in northern Indiana, Ruth spends her days helping students find meaning in their stories, and encouraging teachers to reflect and refine the art of teaching. "I love documenting ordinary stories from everyday life," Ruth says.
Following an extensive career as an early years teacher, Ros Bayley is now a consultant, trainer, and storyteller. She shares her approach to story, puppetry, music, dance, and dramatic play with practitioners in the English-speaking world and has written a wide range of resources for teachers of the early years.
Teri Beaver is an elementary-level teacher at the University of Northern Colorado Laboratory School, one of the few K-12 schools housed on a university campus. While researching writing assessments for the Tointon Institute of Educational Change, she found none specific enough to inform instruction and began developing the Author's Profile.
For the past thirty-five years, Carol Bedard has worked in the field of education as a music therapist, a classroom teacher, a university professor, and an educational administrator. She is currently the director of literacy for the Houston Independent School District.
Deborah Berrill is the founding Director of the Trent University School of Education and Professional Learning. Every BEd candidate in this innovative program tutors two struggling students in grades 2–12 to learn first-hand about supporting literacy and learners with special needs. Deborah has coordinated volunteer tutoring programs for more
Dr. Katrin Blamey currently works as an assistant professor and chair of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program in the Education Department at DeSales University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in education, supervises student teachers, and serves as the chapter counselor for Kappa Delta Pi.
Faye is a native of Melbourne, Australia and she currently conducts onsite, ongoing professional development in schools in New York City and Australia. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy consultant in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Gail Boushey’s work as a literacy coach and author is based on her classroom experiences, which range from preschool through grade six and special education. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Child Studies and Special Education and has a master's degree in Special Education.
Rusty Bresser first became interested in teaching while doing anthropological research on children and families in a rural farming community in French Polynesia. His interest in applied anthropology led him to the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, San Diego.
Brian Kissel, an educator for over twenty years, is a professor of Literacy and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former elementary school teacher and literacy coach, Brian teaches courses, conducts research, and provides professional development in writing instruction, digital literacy, and literacy development and instruction. Dr. Kissel lives in Davidson, North Carolina.
Carolyn Bridges is a fourth-grade teacher in Waterville, Maine, and her classroom is often an observation site for colleagues. With Jennifer Allen, Carolyn takes notes and reflects on what her students say and do through reading workshops. By doing this they continually improve their teaching methods and are learning better ways to run their r
Fred Brill began considering a career in education after coaching a middle school gymnastics team and then working as an outdoor education summer counselor of emotionally disturbed kids. "I was always able to connect with young people—especially those who had the most difficulty fitting in," Fred recalls.
Herb is a professor emeritus of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Ashland University in Ohio. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses with an emphasis on middle school education, instructional methods, and outdoor/experiential education.
Mary Anne Buckley has over twenty-five years of experience in early childhood education. She is also the youngest of six siblings from a loving and goofy family. “We shared intellectual, creative, and social highs and lows around the dining room table every night. It was the first Friendship Workshop.”
Aimee Buckner has been in education for more than twenty years. She thrives on the idea that teaching is about helping students develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. The writer's notebook helps her carve out a place in the curriculum to allow students to truly be themselves and find their own voice.
Brad was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin, a small town in the southeastern part of the state. He received his BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his teaching license from Metropolitan State University at Denver, and his MA from the University of Colorado at Denver.
A practicing school teacher for ten years, Anne Burke is an Assistant Professor of Children's Literature and Early Learning at Memorial University. Anne explores the role of play in children's educational development, family and community literacy, children and youth, digital text making, and the role of media in children's lives.
Jan Burkins, coauthor of Preventing Misguided Reading (IRA 2010), and Kim Yaris are the writers and thinkers behind Burkins and Yaris—Think Tank for 21st Century Literacy, where their blog and their instructional resources have drawn a national audience and made them thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction.
Kimberly Hill Campbell had a bit of a bumpy start as a beginning teacher. She taught language arts at Estacada Junior High School from 1979 until 1982. "Then," she says, "I became the statistic: a beginning teacher who left the profession. I was frustrated that I had no voice about the curriculum in my classroom."
Dr. Terry Anne Campbell is a professor in the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University. A storyteller and elementary teacher before joining the department of teacher education at Nipissing, Terry’s work centers on the theory and practice of reading, writing, and talk.
Mary Cappellini is a Bilingual Educational Consultant and a published children's book author who has worked in education for over thirty years. A teacher at heart, she enjoys engaging teachers in reflections and classroom demonstration lessons in her staff development with schools across the country.
Paul is from Springfield, Massachusetts, and received his master's degree from Dalhousie University and his bachelor's degree from York University. He currently teaches at Cavalier Drive School in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. He is a learning center teacher for students with autism, cerebral palsy, global delays, and severe behavior problems.
Oliver Caviglioli has been using mapping in his professional and personal life for over twenty-five years. He is headteacher of a special school, and has a family, but finds time to share his skills by leading training courses in schools, on Model Mapping, Accelerated Learning, and Thinking Skills.
Kelly in some ways didn't have a choice about becoming a teacher. "When my mother (a former reading teacher and current principal herself) began kindergarten in Allagash, Maine, her grandmother was the teacher, her mother the principal, and two aunts taught other grades in the school.
Beth was influenced by her father to become a teacher. She is a native of Toronto and has been a K–9 teacher, resource teacher, and Reading Recovery teacher. She is currently a literacy assessment consultant for the Nova Scotia Department of Education and a part-time lecturer at Mount St. Vincent University.
Ruth Sidney Charney has been a teacher of children and teachers for over thirty years. A co-founder of Northeast Foundation for Children, she gives teacher workshops and consults in schools throughout the country. She holds master's degrees from Teachers College of Columbia University and the Bank Street College of Education.
Nancy Chesley was an elementary teacher for twenty-six years and a K–5 science and literacy specialist for six years. She won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching in 2000 and the Milken Foundation National Distinguished Educator Award in 2002. She received a BA in elementary education and an MSEd in literacy education from the University of Southern Maine.
Christina Nosek is a classroom teacher, author, speaker, and passionate literacy education advocate. For the past 20 years, Christina has experienced the classroom from many sides including special education inclusion aide, lower and upper grade elementary teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, and staff developer.
Jean Anne Clyde is an associate professor of literacy education at the University of Louisville where she teaches courses on literacy, teaching, and kidwatching. Her research interests include multiple literacies and early literacy, topics she has written about.
For over thirty years, Ardith Davis Cole has served the profession in a variety of capacities, from classroom teacher to literacy specialist. She has worked with students from grades K-12, but also with their teachers as she became an adjunct professor for reading/language arts courses at SUNY Buffalo and Buffalo State College.
Anne Collins has thirty years of teaching experience, having taught all grade levels K-12, as well as undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. She has been providing mathematics content professional development institutes and courses for teachers for the past fourteen years.
"I've always imagined being a teacher, from the time I was a small child and received a little desk for Christmas," says Kathy Collins. "I used to fantasize about wearing a masking tape roll on my wrist, using a pointer, writing on a chalkboard, and collecting book order money."
Debbie Coughlin is teaching third grade at Gardendale Elementary Magnet School in Merritt Island, Florida. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Arizona with a major in language, reading, and culture and a minor in teaching and teacher education.
Kathleen Marie Crawford is a first-grade teacher in the Tucson Unified School District. Learning Together Through Inquiry was developed by Kathleen and her coauthors from their collaboration on a chapter for If This Is Social Studies, Why Isn't It Boring? (Stenhouse 1995).
Caryl G. Crowell (M.Ed. University of Arizona) and her coauthor, Kathryn F. Whitmore (Ph.D. University of Arizona) have many characteristics in common. They are both working mothers and whole language teacher-researchers who work to challenge the status quo in educational institutions.
Ruth Culham, EdD, has written more than forty professional resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection. Her recent book, The Writing Thief, has helped teachers find “right now” children’s books and everyday texts to use as mentor texts. Dream Wakers expands and complements this work by delving into books that focus on Latino culture and life as mentor texts for writing. Her newest, Teach Writing Well, enhances teachers' understanding of writing education by delving into a two-part approach: read the writing and teach the writer.
Bernice "Bee" Cullinan grew up in Ohio and began her teaching career there. For fifteen years, she taught primary-grade students how to read. She was intrigued by the process of children learning to read and write and continued to study it the rest of her life.
Katie Egan Cunningham believes in the power of stories. First as a classroom teacher, and now as a professor and consultant, Katie strives to let her students know their lives are full of stories. She lives with her husband and two sons where hilarious, heartfelt stories happen each day.
Joan Dabrowski is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Prior to this, she worked across the country as an education consultant and curriculum writer. In this role she supported teachers, principals, and district leaders to develop and refine their literacy and leadership practices. In 2015, she coauthored a report with The Education Trust entitled, "Checking In: Do Classroom Assignments Reflect Today’s Higher Standards?" that summarized an analysis of over 1,800 middle school literacy assignments in English language arts, history, and science. She has taught grades K-2 and 4-5, has been a district literacy coach, and was the Director of Literacy for the Boston Public Schools. She earned a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Doctorate of Education in K-12 School Leadership at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College.
Christopher Danielson has worked with math learners of all ages, from teens in his former middle school classroom to his own children, from calculus students to elementary teachers to families who visit his Math On-A-Stick learning space at the Minnesota State Fair.
Deanna Day weaves her passions—art, children’s literature, and technology—into the literacy courses she teaches at Washington State University. She has served on the Notable Books for Global Society and the Notable Children’s Books for Language Arts award committees.
Lisa is a native of Grenada in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada at age eight. She received her bachelor of education degree from Nipissing University and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Trent University. She also completed several courses at Drake University and York University.
Lynne, a native of Philadelphia, received her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education, her supervisory certificate in elementary education, her reading specialist certificate from LaSalle University, and her educational leadership doctorate degree from Immaculata University.
Laura Doucette is an adolescent literacy consultant with Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board, where she provides professional development on literacy strategies for teachers in grades 4–12. A former high school English teacher and English department head, Laura is also an instructor for preservice teachers at Trent University's School of Education.
Doug Buehl has been a social studies teacher, reading teacher, literacy coach, and district adolescent literacy support teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wisconsin. He is the author of the national bestseller Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning and is currently an instructor of disciplinary literacy at Edgewood College in Madison.
Diane Esolen Dougherty lives with her husband in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of West Chester University and received a master's degree from Villanova University. While working on her degree at Villanova, she was a research scholar working with professors of English.
Brenda Stein Dzaldov is a school administrator who has worked for more than twenty years as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, and teacher mentor. She is the author of numerous children's books and has published many articles on student literacy learning.
Monica has been fourth-grade chair, grade leader, and classroom teacher at The Dalton School in New York since 1983. She received her master's degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University in international education and instructional technology and computers and education.
Kathryn became a teacher because, as a child, she moved around a lot with her family and her teachers at new schools always helped with the transition. "My teachers were usually the first smiling faces I met. Not only do I love helping and teaching children, I enjoy being one of the positive people in their lives."
Sharon Fargason is a classroom teacher at Fay Elementary School in San Diego, California. She is interested in fostering and growing the natural curiosities that children develop as they learn about and interact with the world. She also teaches literacy and math methods courses to graduate students at Brandman University.
Jean Feldman has been actively involved in education for over 30 years as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, consultant, and author. Dr. Feldman has a B.A. from the University of Georgia, a D.A.S.T. from Emory University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgia State University.
Margaret J. Ferguson is a first-grade teacher in the Tucson Unified School District. Learning Together Through Inquiry was developed by Margaret and her coauthors from their collaboration on a chapter for If This Is Social Studies, Why Isn't It Boring? (Stenhouse 1995).
Stephanie Fins is an anthropologist and is the Dalton lecturer and the coordinator of the Museum Schools at the American Museum of Natural History. She has worked with children from kindergarten to high school, taught inservice courses, and developed curriculum. She teaches workshops at the museum and at Bank Street College of Education.
Sheree Fitch is a writer, speaker, educator and author of books in many genres and for all ages. From board books for babies to award-winning picture books to young adult fiction and fiction for adults, Sheree has been writing and publishing for almost twenty-five years.
Krista Flemington has almost twenty years of education experience. A teacher with the Toronto District School Board, Krista runs dynamic, child-centered programs from kindergarden to third grade. A former school literacy coordinator, she has written curriculum and teacher support documents and supports colleagues through workshops and seminars.
Nick Flynn has worked at a variety of jobs, including ship's captain, electrician, and case-worker with homeless adults. As poet-in-residence for six years at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, he taught writing to young people and their teachers in New York City Public Schools.
Char Forsten has earned a national reputation as a renowned speaker, author, and educator. A former teaching principal with eighteen years of proven experience, her seminars receive outstanding reviews for being practical, down to earth, and filled with easy-to-use ideas.
Cathy French and her coauthor Tammy Jones are experienced classroom teachers who, as Early Childhood Curriculum Specialists with the Arch Ford Educational Service Cooperative in Plumerville, Arkansas, worked closely with Arkansas schools in implementing professional literacy teams and training classroom and specialty teachers in early literacy p
Growing up in a small town in Texas, Charles knew early on that he wanted a career in education. When his parents bought him a monstrous chalkboard one year, he officially opened a school in his bedroom. His regular students were the three Linebarger girls who lived next door.
Karen Gartland is a mathematics coordinator and classroom teacher at Groton-Dunstable Middle School. She enjoys working with students of all ages with a focus on conceptual understanding of mathematics through critical thinking and application as well as best practices for integrating technology.
Adrienne received her degrees from the University of British Columbia and spent three years teaching English in Japan. She was a classroom teacher for sixteen years and a teacher-librarian for three years. She is currently a literacy mentor at Vancouver School Board and a workshop presenter.
Marni didn't plan to become a teacher, but maybe there was no way she could resist it. Her mom was a first-grade teacher and her dad was a physical education teacher and coach. In the early 1900s, her paternal grandmother had her own one-room school. "I guess I have teaching in my genes. . . Once I student-taught, it seemed like the way to go.
Kyle Gonzalez teaches at Lakeview (Florida) Middle School, where she began her career working with struggling readers. She studied with Janet Allen at the University of Central Florida, where she earned her MEd in English Education. In 1996 she was cited as the Lakeview Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Anne Goudvis has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and social studies. For the past ten years, she has worked at the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition as a staff developer and co-director of the Library Power project, a national initiative to improve teaching and learning in libraries and classrooms.
Jim Grant is an internationally renowned educator, author, and keynote speaker, and is regarded by fellow educators as one of America's most passionate advocates for children. A teaching principal for almost twenty years, he founded Staff Development for Educators (SDE, Inc.), with the goal of creating classrooms where all students can succeed.
Tim Grant is a former high school teacher and along with Gail Littlejohn is the editor of Green Teacher magazine. Published in Toronto since 1991, Green Teacher is an award-winning non-profit quarterly offerring practical ideas for K-12 educators and parents who seek to foster environmental literacy and global awareness in you
Judy Green is an author, editor, and workshop leader. For fifteen years, she was the editor of a national annual guide to the best Canadian children's books. Judy also worked as Coordinator of Canadian Children's Book Week, an editor at Scholastic Canada, and an elementary school teacher.
Sylvia Gunnery is a recipient of a Prime Minister's Teaching Award for her innovative work with junior and senior high English language arts students. Sylvia is the author of many novels for teens as well as books for younger children. Much of the inspiration for her own writing and for her student workshops grew from her experience at The Banif
Elizabeth Hale worked in the Boston Public Schools for nine years as a third- and fourth-grade teacher and as a literacy coach in K-8 schools. She currently consults with schools and districts on writing and reading instruction and is also pursuing her doctorate degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jennifer Harper loves her role as a classroom teacher. She has spent her teaching career in Ontario's public system, abroad, and in private schools, covering every grade at the primary and junior levels. She is currently surrounded by boys, teaching at Upper Canada College.
Stephanie Harvey is a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences. She speaks on reading comprehension; active literacy; nonfiction reading; writing and research; inquiry-based learning; reading and writing workshop; and the role of passion, wonder, and engagement in teaching and learning.
Georgia Heard is a nationally and internationally known leader in the field of teaching writing. She was one of the first staff developers at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York, and for the past twenty-five years has visited schools and spoken at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, and Southeast Asia.
Paul retired from teaching in 2004, and he is now an accomplished and active playwright, director, and dramaturge.
From 1984 until 2004 he taught at a public high school in a small town in the Bay Area near San Francisco, Benicia High School. He taught English, drama, speech, and filmmaking.
Linda Hewins has more than forty years of experience as a teacher, curriculum leader, and administrator. Linda's books, workshops, and seminars for teachers and parents stress the importance of balanced literacy programs that include good literature, direct teacher instruction, and student choice.
Heather Hollis is an educator who believes every classroom should be a place where laughter and joy are commonplace. A teacher with more than twenty years' experience, Heather earned her bachelor's degree at the University of New Brunswick and a master’s degree in Literacy from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Caren Holtzman began her teaching career with Oceanside Unified School District. She was a classroom teacher (grades 2-6) for ten years. She subsequently began her work as a faculty member at the University of California San Diego's Education Studies Program (EDS).
Wendy J. Hood is a bilingual primary teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She has been very active in her local whole language support group and worked on curriculum development within her district where she strives to establish a democratic learning community with her young students.
Janette Hughes is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) Faculty of Education. Her research in the field of digital literacies has been featured in numerous education journals and recognized nationally and internationally.
Margaret Hughes (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is on the faculty of education at York University, Toronto. Her research and writing has been in process, instruction, and authentic assessment in reading and writing with a special interest in children who have difficulty in becoming literate.
James A. Percoco is a nationally recognized history educator with over thirty-three years of classroom experience teaching grades 6-12. He served as a member of the National Parks Service Centennial Committee and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2011. He continues to teach middle and high school history in Northern Virginia.
Janiel Wagstaff is a popular national literacy consultant and full-time literacy coach at a K-6 Title I school in Utah. She has nearly thirty years of classroom experience. Over the years, she’s written fourteen books on literacy instruction centered around her everyday work helping students become proficient, motivated, and joyful readers, writers, and thinkers.
Joey Mandel is a teacher, as well as a parent coach and consultant at Go Social Kids, an educational consulting and therapy clinic. Based on her extensive experience with parents, teachers, and children, Joey’s work focuses on concrete ways to support children, build social-emotional skills, and introduce specific self-calming strategies.
Paul Johnson is an influential teacher, writer and artist, whose work has had a profound impact on the teaching of writing in primary schools. His many works on the book arts and his well-known workshops have led to book-making becoming an accepted part of school practice.
Peter Johnston grew up and taught elementary school in New Zealand before coming to the United States to earn his PhD at the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois. At the time his plans did not include staying in the United States let alone getting married and raising a family.
Tammy's been a Title I reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher, and teacher-leader for fifteen years. She earned her degrees from the University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently the vice president of curriculum and instruction for Benchmark Education Company.
Kari Yates is an author, speaker, consultant and staff developer with a passion for helping busy literacy educators thrive. Her experiences include classroom teacher, special education, Reading Recovery teacher, elementary principal and district literacy coordinator.
Katherine Mills Hernandez grew up in Brooklyn and Haines Falls (in the Catskills), New York, and currently lives in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. From earliest memories, writing was a need, more than a passion, and journaling quickly became as routine as the midday meal.
Kathleen O’Connell Hopping, a Lesley University graduate, received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University. While at Lesley she met Linda Dacey, the professor most responsible for Kathy’s evolving love and understanding of mathematics.
Born in Zambia, Africa, Gloria received her bachelor's degree in generation education and master's degree and PhD in language, reading and culture. She currently works with the International Baccalaureate Program overseas. She is living on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Elham Kazemi is a professor and associate dean of professional learning at the University of Washington Seattle, where her focus is elementary mathematics education and school-based professional development. In 2012, Elham was nominated for the university's faculty award for Distinguished Contribution to Lifelong Learning.
Katie Keier has been a classroom teacher and literacy specialist in grades K-8 for twenty-four years. She is currently a kindergarten teacher in an urban Title I school. A National Board Certified Teacher in the area of literacy, Katie has a Reading Specialist certificate and a master’s degree in Literacy Studies.
Susan Kempton has spent the past thirty years teaching in the Denver Public Schools, most recently at Harrington Elementary School. For the past nineteen years, Susan has served as a lab classroom teacher and staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition.
Outey Khuon began teaching in Cambodia in 1969. Since 1992, she has taught elementary students in Long Beach, California, where she is currently a Literacy Specialist. She has presented at many state and national conferences and workshops and is a lecturer in the Linguistics Department at California State University, Long Beach.
Lisa Koch has been teaching in Ohio since 1990. She has worked with parents, teachers, and literacy coaches, helping them to choose meaningful and entertaining books for their classroom libraries. Lisa has also worked with new moms, teaching the importance of early literacy.
Whitney La Rocca is an elementary literacy coach and has spent 18 years working with young readers and writers. She enjoys delivering professional development and coaching teachers in best practices to empower children to create their identities in the world of literacy.
Clare Landrigan (left) has been working with her coauthor Tammy Mulligan (right) for the past twenty-three years. They began their work together coteaching an integrated first- and second-grade classroom at the Eliot Pearson Children's School in Medford, Massachusetts.
Greg Lang is a consultant in professional development and curriculum with the Catholic Education Office in Brisbane, Australia, and the author of many articles on teacher development and learning. His interests include cooperative learning, thinking skills, and learning styles.
Like many others, Heather became a teacher in hopes of changing the world. "Okay, I never really expected to change the whole world, but wanted to work to increase equity and social justice in my little corner of it. Still working toward that goal. It remains frustratingly elusive, but is nevertheless a worthy objective."
Dr. Steven L. Layne serves as Chair of Graduate Programs in Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses at both the master's and doctoral level. He is a fifteen-year veteran of public education, serving as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in a wide span of grade levels.
There was never any doubt in Teri Lesesne's mind that she would one day become a teacher. "It is the only thing I ever considered becoming," she says. She loves to see kids' faces light up as they learn. "Kids of all ages are so responsive, so engaged in what they are doing, and it is wonderful to see the wheels turning."
Gail Littlejohn is a former high school teacher and along with Tim Grant is the editor of Green Teacher magazine. Published in Toronto since 1991, Green Teacher is an award-winning non-profit quarterly offerring practical ideas for K-12 educators and parents who seek to foster environmental literacy and global awareness in you
Peter's adventure books come directly from his travel journals. In order to write a book about a place—its history, geography, people and culture—he likes to experience it for himself. As a child, he loved collecting rocks and wandering the countryside of Connecticut.
Lisa’s strategies, based on empirical research, are designed to help teachers reduce stress by fostering presence through self-care and an inner awareness. Students learn from teachers who project enthusiasm, optimism and clearly enjoy what they do. They are present for their students. You can’t fake presence, but you can learn to cultivate it—which is what Lisa has focused herself on, personally and professionally, for more than two decades.
Kathleen Gould Lundy has been involved in teaching and the arts for more than thirty years. A popular speaker and education leader, Kathy has worked on the development of curriculum documents and instructional videos on many aspects of literacy and learning.
A dedicated educator for forty years, Toni L. Marasco has been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, language arts consultant, supervisor, and school principal. Toni has written and edited many articles, books, and publications on a wide range of education issues.
Martha Sevetson Rush has taught social studies and journalism for 20 years at Mounds View High School in Minnesota. In addition to teaching, she promotes high-engagement teaching strategies through published curriculum and hands-on teacher workshops. She is married to Jeff Rush, and they have two sons, Ben and Sam.
Missy Matthews received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Utah and her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver. She's been a multiage teacher, first-grade teacher, reading specialist, and kindergarten teacher, all at the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado.
Mary C. McMackin is an associate professor and program director for the Graduate Elementary Education programs at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she also teaches literacy courses. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and continues to work closely with teachers and children.
Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg is an experienced educational consultant who collaborates with both teachers and young writers. As a middle school teacher for nearly two decades, she has helped hundreds of students achieve their dream of becoming published authors. She enjoys speaking at conferences and providing workshops for teachers, writing groups, and classrooms.
Melody Croft earned a Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Valdosta State University. While teaching fourth graders in a small South Georgia town, she spent evenings and summers at this same university to obtain a Masters degree and a Specialist degree in Reading Education.
The daughter of lifelong educators, Glennon learned the value of a life dedicated to children from her parents. After graduating from James Madison University, Glennon spent six years learning the art of teaching from the gifted staff and students at Annandale Terrace Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Cathy Mere is currently teaching first grade in Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, Ohio. She has taught kindergarten through sixth grade, most recently teaching and learning alongside students and colleagues at J.W. Reason Elementary as a literacy specialist and kindergarten teacher.
Michelle E. McMartin is a classroom teacher with the Nipissing Parry Sound Catholic District School Board who has taught at the primary, junior, and intermediate levels. Part of the CODE 21st Century Learning Initiative, Michelle presents workshops on integrating technology to promote student engagement in both mathematics and literacy.
Mike Flynn is the director of Mathematics Leadership programs at Mount Holyoke College and runs the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program. Prior to this work he taught second grade at the William E. Norris Elementary School in Southampton, Massachusetts, for fourteen years. He is the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, a recipient of a 2009 National Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence, and a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.
Megan Milani has been passionate about student success since she began her teaching career more than a dozen years ago. A Reading Specialist and a former Reading Recovery teacher, Megan is currently an elementary school principal. Her work with students, teachers, and schools is based on proven methods for improving student achievement. Commi
Debbie Miller taught and learned from children in the Denver Public Schools for thirty years. She now presents workshops across the country and internationally, and works extensively with schools and districts on long-range planning and development of literacy programs.
Lisa Miller is an associate professor of journalism at the University of New Hampshire and has worked on digital stories with elementary school teachers and students.
Lisa received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of New Hampshire and has been a full-time instructor there since 1989.
Cathy Miyata is dedicated to empowering teachers to use the arts to enrich and transform the classroom experience. Formerly an actress, then teacher and teacher-librarian, Cathy has been running her own consulting/performing business, called Creative Expressions, since 1987.
Steve Moline is a writer, illustrator, and book designer who writes for children under the name of David Drew. He is an honors graduate in English Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia, and was for ten years the education publisher at Methuen Australia.
Bill Moore is a teacher, actor, writer, director, and poet who has worked with students, teachers and audiences throughout North America and England. His plays, poems, articles and stories have been published extensively and he has appeared frequently on stage, screen, and radio.
Bruce Morgan has been a classroom teacher in Douglas County (Colorado) Schools for twenty-five years, in various grade levels and roles: grades 3-6 teacher, gifted cluster classroom, literacy immersion classroom for six years, and district reading specialist for two years.
Chrisie Moritz is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction.
Lesley Mandel Morrow is a Professor of Literacy at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education, where she is Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching. She began her career as a classroom teacher, then became a reading specialist and later received her PhD from Fordham University in New York City.
Joan Moser’s passion for meeting each child’s individual needs by discovering where they are and guiding them forward has been practiced and refined in a variety of classroom settings. She has taught kindergarten through sixth grade, special education, and is a certified Reading Resource Specialist.
Christine Moynihan has been a classroom teacher in K-6 classrooms, a mathematics curriculum specialist, and an elementary school principal in Newton, Massachusetts. She is currently a consultant who works with schools and districts to assist them in improving their quality of education.
After finding a career on Wall Street unfulfilling, Tammy Mulligan (pictured, right) volunteered as a reading tutor for elementary students. "After just a few sessions I knew I had found my passion," she says. "I began taking graduate courses at Teachers College at night while I worked at the bank during the day.
Nancy Anderson is K-8 Mathematics Coordinator and Grade 8 Mathematics Teacher at Milton Academy. Nancy is an experienced classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, and professional developer. Her other publications include Classroom Discussions in Math and Good Questions for Math Teaching, Grades 5-8. Nancy earned her doctoral degree in mathematics education from Boston University in 2012.
Diana Neebe (@dneebe) teaches high school English with 1:1 tablets at an independent school in California's Silicon Valley. She was named the ISTE Outstanding Young Educator in 2014 and is a Google Certified Teacher. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in education.
After twenty years of teaching in public schools, Donna Niday now serves as an associate professor of English at Iowa State University, where she directs the first-year writing program, supervises student teachers, and teaches young adult literature and methods courses.
Kathryn O’Brien loves being in a classroom that hums with energy. Her teaching career has been spent in Ontario’s public system, abroad, and in private schools, spanning every grade at the junior level. She currently works with very inspiring artists in her role as Primary Art teacher at Upper Canada College.
Erik Palmer is an educational consultant based in Denver, Colorado. He didn't start out as an educational consultant, however. Erik left law school and entered the commodity brokerage business. He managed a retail brokerage firm, ultimately incorporated a trading company, and took it public.
A former primary teacher and principal, Sue Palmer has written more than two hundred books on all aspects of literacy. She writes regularly in newspapers and magazines, provides inservice courses in schools and universities, and is a consultant with UK publishers, educators, and the BBC.
Teaching came naturally to Emelie. "After having three daughters and foster children, having a child care center in my home, and being a Brownie leader, teaching Sunday School, and volunteering in classrooms, I found I was naturally teaching all the time and loved it! I went back to school to finish my degree and to learn how to teach.
Ruth Parker is a former classroom teacher and has spent over twenty years leading professional development for math teachers in grades K-12. She is currently the CEO of the Mathematics Education Collaborative, preparing the next generation of mathematics teacher leaders for Washington state.
Kathy Paterson is a teacher and drama specialist with more than twenty-five years of classroom experience. A popular speaker and writer, she is involved in teacher training with several universities on issues around differentiation and effective teaching practices.
A native of Sheffield, England, Jo received her education at Goldsmith College, University of London, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has twenty five-years of experience teaching all grade levels both in England and in Canada.
Brenda Power was born in Wayne, Michigan, the daughter of a teacher and an engineer. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, and her doctorate from the University of New Hampshire, where she worked with Donald Graves, Donald Murray, and Thomas Newkirk.
Robert Pritchard is a professor of education at Sacramento State University. A frequent consultant for schools, districts, and departments of education, Robert brings extensive experience as a former ESL teacher and reading specialist to his work with teachers and administrators.
Rebeka Eston Salemi is a kindergarten teacher at the Lincoln School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. From the beginning of her career to the present she has firmly committed to being a classroom teacher who puts her students and their growing understandings and confidence at the heart of what she does.
Regie Routman is a longtime teacher, leader, and author who is committed to improving the literacy and learning lives of students, especially those in high-challenge schools. She currently works on-site in diverse schools and districts coaching and mentoring principals, leaders at all levels, and teachers.
"Like other idealists of my generation, I became a teacher to make the world a better place," says Janine. "I love making a difference for kids. I love helping them recognize their strength and potential as learners. I love it when a class becomes a community of learners and inquirers.
Jen Roberts (@JenRoberts1) teaches English at a large public high school in San Diego, California. She has more than twenty years of classroom experience and has been teaching with 1:1 laptops since 2008. She also teaches preservice teachers and is an active member in the Google Certified Teacher community.
Kate Roth has been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, researcher, and literacy coach in the United States and China. Much of her work has focused on the interactive writing method and supporting teachers in their effort to implement it. Kate has also published twenty books for children on how to write as part of the Language Arts Explorer Junior series. She earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University, Teachers College and her Doctorate of Education in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jennifer currently teachers undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education and conducts research studies in the area of new literacies, multimodality, family literacy, and multiliteracies.
She received her PhD in literacy education from King's College, London, University of London, and was an ESL teacher for two years.
A former elementary and middle school principal, Kirk Savage is currently a Director of Instruction with the Chilliwack School District. Kirk is a four-time world champion in Ultimate Frisbee, a sport that he also played professionally with the Vancouver Nighthawks. He resides in Chilliwack with his wife and two children.
As a curriculum supervisor for the Calgary Catholic School Distritct, Evelyn Sawicki has collaborated with Graham Foster, Hyacinth Schaeffer and Victor Zelinski on many projects. Creating sound research-based instruction that is practical and accessible to classroom teachers has been a common theme in their work. Sawicki has extensive experien
As a curriculum supervisor for the Calgary Catholic School District, Hyacinth Schaeffer has collaborated on many projects with fellow supervisors Graham Foster, Evelyn Sawicki, and Victor Zelinski. Creating sound research-based instruction that is practical and accessible to classroom teachers has been a common theme in their work. Schaeffer h
Beth Schipper teaches language arts courses and works with teachers in the credential program at California State University at Fullerton. She also teaches for the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Literacy Network and consults for schools and school districts in California.
Edgar Schmidt has worked as a classroom teacher for grades two through high school and as a school principal for regular and alternative stream programs. He is the author of teaching materials with topics ranging from science and spelling to choice and accountability in education.
Leyton is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia–Okanagan. His teaching and research are in the areas of inclusive education, literacy and language arts, professional development, and teaching and learning in the middle years.
Jean Schroeder taught and coached in elementary schools in Tucson Unified School District for over forty years. She has served on and chaired the Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts committee. Jean is a founding board member and staff mentor/coach of the inquiry-based IDEA School in Tucson, Arizona.
Dennis Searle (Ph.D. University of London) began his career teaching high school English in Manitoba, Canada, and most recently was on the faculty of education at York University. His research and writing has been in the role of talk in the classroom and in teaching writing.
Shawna Coppola has taught in public schools for over sixteen years. She currently works as a K-6 literacy specialist in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, and teaches courses and seminars through the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes as well as the University of New Hampshire’s Professional Development & Training program.
Alex is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, and has taught for fifteen years in the Delta School District in British Columbia. He has taught both high school and elementary school classes, essay-writing courses for postsecondary students, and ESL classes in Japan and Canada.
Mary Shorey taught first through fourth graders at Pritchett School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, for over twenty-five years. A learner herself, Mary earned National Board Certification and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Teaching was a lifelong passion, and Mary considered her classroom her "laboratory of opportunity."
Kathy G. Short is Professor of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona and has worked extensively with teachers to develop curricula that actively involve students as authors and inquirers. Much of her work has centered on inquiry-based curriculum and children's dialogue about literature.
Stacey Shubitz is an author, an independent literacy consultant, and an adjunct professor. A graduate of The Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College, she has experience teaching fourth and fifth grades. She is also the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers, a popular blog about the teaching of writing. Visit the blog at twowritingteachers.wordpress.com and follow Stacey on Twitter: @sshubitz
Jessica Shumway has worked as a second-, third-, and fourth-grade classroom teacher and as a mathematics coach for teachers of Pre-K through fifth grade in Texas and Virginia. She is currently an assistant professor of mathematics education at Utah State University.
Franki currently teaches third-graders in Dublin, Ohio. She has worked in elementary schools for over twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, a Reading Support Teacher, a curriculum support teacher, and a school librarian. She blogs regularly at A Year of Reading (readingyear.blogspot.com) and she is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy.
The authors of History Comes Home are all associated with the Center for City Schools, National-Louis University, in Chicago, where they conduct programs for reforming urban education.
Steven Zemelman serves as Center Director, and Pete Leki is coordinator of the Center's Parent Project.
Alistair Smith is a leading trainer in modern learning methods and his techniques are used with startling success by thousands of teachers and parents in the UK and abroad. He is the chairperson of Alite; a company he founded to work in the field of motivation, learning and training.
Margot Holmes Smith is a reading and math intervention teacher for fourth and fifth grades at Atkinson Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to becoming an intervention teacher, she taught third and fourth grades at Atkinson.
David grew up in southern New Mexico with his brother Mike and his sister Lisa. David's dad is a writer and his mom is a painter, and they still live in southern New Mexico. Growing up, David spent much time hiking and camping with his family throughout New Mexico. They spent every summer going on great family adventures.
Marsha Spears has spent over ten years as a highly sought after teacher trainer and popular presenter across the country. Her 30 plus year career as a classroom teacher and administrator includes classroom experience at the primary, intermediate and upper grade levels.
Steven R. Benson is a mathematician and mathematics educator at Lesley University; he has created curriculum and facilitated professional development for pre- and inservice teachers for nearly thirty years. He was the lead author of Ways to Think About Mathematics: Activities and Investigations for Grade 6–12 Teachers (Corwin 2004).
Melissa Stewart is an award-winning author of more than 150 science-themed nonfiction books for children. She also maintains the blog Celebrate Science (celebratescience.blogspot.com) and offers school visits and teacher inservice programs that focus on nonfiction writing, using children’s books to address curriculum standards, and creative ways to integrate science and language arts instruction. Her website is www.melissa-stewart.com.
"As far back as I can remember, I have always loved to read. But I must confess that it was a librarian, not a teacher or even my parents, who was most influential in encouraging my love of books. Her name was Mrs. Luex and she worked in the storefront library branch located in our section of town. Mrs.
Donna Styles has been a teacher for more than 30 years, from grades K-7, in regular and multi-aged settings, as well as in English and French Immersion. She has presented workshops on criteria-referenced assessment, thinking skills, cooperative learning, gifted education, reading and writing workshops, learning journals, and class meetings.
Lynn Susholtz has been involved in art and education for the last twenty-five years. She has developed curricula for and taught in private and public schools, community centers, and social service organizations, with people of all ages and backgrounds, throughout the county of San Diego.
Larry, a native of Toronto, holds degrees from York University and the University of Toronto, where he earned his master and doctor of education degrees. He has been a classroom teacher, literacy consultant, and drama consultant for twenty-five years in the Peel District School Board, Mississauga, Ontario.
Karen Szymusiak recently retired as a principal in the Dublin City Schools. As principal, she had the unique opportunity to open a new elementary school in her district. Throughout her career she has also been an elementary teacher and a coordinator of curriculum and instruction, assisting teachers in developing thoughtful and purposeful learning experiences for children. She blogs at Talkworthy (talkworthy.blogspot.com).
Denny Taylor is an ethnographer and writer who has spent more than twenty years working with families, communities, and schools. Her awards include the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association of America, the Elva Knight Award from the International Reading Association, and the Richard A.
Mark Thurman is best known as a children's author/illustrator. He has written and illustrated sixteen books and designed and illustrated more than twenty-five books for other authors. As an author/illustrator, Mark has toured Canada extensively, sharing his stories and ideas with children and teacherrs in hundreds of schools.
Cris Tovani taught first through twelfth grade for thirty-one years. Her entire career has been spent trying to figure out the “knowing-doing” gap. Researchers tell teachers what they should be doing, but actually doing it with 125+ students is a whole new ball game.
Tracy has worked in many schools over the course of her career, first as a fourth-grade teacher, then as a supervisor of preservice teachers and their inservice mentors, and currently as a math coach. Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had grew out of Tracy’s work in classrooms, where she's most in her element, learning together with teachers and students over time.
Robin was inspired to become a teacher by his eleventh-grade English teacher. "He was genuine, caring, and had a great sense of humor. He was the most real teacher I've ever encountered," Robin recalls. "When I was a senior, he allowed me to be his TA, and that experience taught me a great deal about the craft of teaching."
Lee Ann Tysseling has been a teacher and professor of English language arts and literacy for thirty-eight years. She holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Iowa. The majority of her teaching positions have been in middle and high school.
Formerly an instructor at the Trent University School of Education and Professional Learning, Dirk is now retired. He spent more than thirty years in education as an English teacher, department head, and consultant. Dirk is also the coauthor of several textbooks on various aspects of literacy.
As a children's advocate, Una Villiers has taught at the elementary and university levels, and as a curriculum consultant, school administrator, and coordinator of Kindergarden and Primary Education for the City of Toronto. The author of several books and teacher resources, she has worked on creating and implementing some ground-breaking curriculum documents on innovative approaches to working with young children.
Kassia Omohundro Wedekind is a math coach at Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences right outside of Washington, DC. "I am someone who likes a lot of change in my teaching life," admits Kassia. The road to Bailey's took her to central Virginia, where she taught English for Migrant Education in migrant camps.
Lucy West has worked in education for more than thirty years, starting as a second-grade teacher in New York City, then serving as the director of mathematics for District 2, the deputy superintendent of Region 9, and assistant principal of PS 234. Currently, she is the founder and CEO of Metamorphosis Teaching and Learning Communities, which is dedicated to partnering with districts to design and enact effective professional learning initiatives that result in increased student learning through improved instruction. Lucy is also the coauthor of Agents of Change: How Content Coaching Transforms Teaching and Learning and Content-Focused Coaching: Transforming Mathematics Lessons.
Suzanne Whaley is a National Board certified teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she was a classroom teacher and literacy specialist for twenty-two years before working in central office. She currently leads the literacy professional development for reading specialists, principals, school teams, and teachers in her district.
Kathryn F. Whitmore (Ph.D. University of Arizona) and her coauthor, Caryl G. Crowell (M.Ed. University of Arizona) have many characteristics in common. They are both working mothers and whole language teacher-researchers who work to challenge the status quo in educational institutions.
Jake Wizner teaches eighth grade English and social studies at the Salk School of Science in New York City. He is the author of the young adult novels Spanking Shakespeare (Random House, 2007) and Castration Celebration (Random House, 2009) and has spent the past two decades developing and inspiring young writers.
One of the first National Board-Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation and energy to his writing and instructional practices. He has spent the past 38 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health, and history, as well as coaching teachers and principals. Rick’s work has been reported in numerous media outlets including “Good Morning America” and National Geographic magazine. He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine, a contributor to ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and has presented in all fifty states and around the world.
"I have always wanted to teach. Originally I was going to teach high school social studies, but was talked into elementary education by a friend. Then I was going to teach fifth or sixth grade, but a professor talked me into doing teaching with a fantastic second-grade teacher. It was great."
As a curriculum supervisor for the Calgary Catholic School District, Victor Zelinski has collaborated on many projects with co-authors Graham Foster, Evelyn Sawicki, and Hyacinth Schaeffer. Creating sound research-based instruction that is practical and accessible to classroom teachers has been a common theme in their work. Zelinski has extens
The authors of History Comes Home are all associated with the Center for City Schools, National-Louis University, in Chicago, where they conduct programs for reforming urban education.
Steven Zemelman serves as Center Director, and Pete Leki is coordinator of the Center's Parent Project.
Cheryl began her teaching career at the age of seven in the basement of her childhood home. "I did a fantastic job of educating the baby dolls seated quietly on the couch. I've always loved kids and that love of kids propelled me into a teaching career," she says.
Jeff Zwiers teaches in the Stanford Teaching Education Program and works for Stanford's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.
He received his EdD from the University of San Francisco and has taught English, Spanish, science, and history in high school, middle school, and elementary school.