Author Biographies

Kristin Ackerman

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.

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Janet Allen

Janet Allen is an international consultant recognized for her comprehensive work in reading education.

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Jennifer Allen

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 .

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Patrick Allen

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.

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Jeff Anderson

For almost thirty years, Jeff has inspired writers and teachers of grades 1-10 with the power and joy of the writing process. He has written five books for Stenhouse Publishers. He also writes middle grade novels.

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Anne Elliott

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.

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Marlene Asselin

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.

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Ruth Ayres

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.

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Dorothy Barnhouse

Dorothy Barnhouse is an independent literacy consultant and staff developer. She works closely with elementary and secondary teachers in New York City public schools—and throughout the country—to elevate student reading, writing, and thinking.

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Bob Barton

Bob is a graduate of Hamilton Teacher's College and McMaster University and has experience working in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary classrooms as a teacher, language arts consultant, arts coordinator, governments education officer, and lecturer.

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Jane Baskwill

Jane Baskwill is an associate professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia. A former classroom teacher and school principal, Jane is the author of many professional books and articles for teachers, as well as several children's picture books.

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Ros Bayley

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.

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Patricia Bearden

Patricia Bearden is the president of the International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry. She has brought over twenty years of teaching experience to her work as a teacher consultant for the Center for City Schools.

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Katherine Beauchat

Katherine A. Beauchat, EdD, is an associate professor and early elementary education program coordinator at York College of Pennsylvania, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in literacy education.

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Teri Beaver

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.

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Carol Bedard

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.

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Ron Benson

A dedicated educator with more than thirty years of experience, Ron Benson has taught grades K-8, and served as a school principal, a school board consultant, and Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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Chris Berberich

Chris Berberich is a literacy tutor and special education teacher who works with teachers to develop inclusive classrooms. She has a particular interest in language and cooperative learning and teaching strategies.

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Deborah Berrill

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

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Ranu Bhattacharyya

Ranu Bhattacharyya has taught at The American International School in Japan, Dhaka, and Delhi, the International School in Beijing, and at The Brussels English Primary School.

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Kevin Bird

Kevin Bird is an Assistant Superintendent in the Fraser Cascade School District. A former water-ski coach, he spends his leisure time playing hockey, taking care of his wife’s horses, mountain biking with his son, and driving his daughter to her gymnastics classes.

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Marilyn Bizar

Marilyn Bizar teaches at the Center for City Schools of National-Louis University in Chicago. A former public school teacher, Marilyn and Harvey Daniels now collaborate with a network of twenty-five schools seeking to implement progressive teaching methods.

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Katrin Blamey

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.

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Faye Bolton

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.

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David Booth

David Booth is Coordinator of Elementary Programs at OISE/University of Toronto. For more than twenty-five years he has worked with teachers in creating, applying, and evaluating approaches to how children learn to read and write.

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Jean Boreen

Jean Boreen is a professor of English education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she regularly teaches secondary methods courses on young adult literature and teaching literature in secondary schools.

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Paula Bourque

Paula Bourque has been working with readers and writers in kindergarten through eighth grade for twenty-eight years. She grew up in the Midwest and graduated with a degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University.

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Gail Boushey

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.

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Max Brand

Max became a teacher because he loves to learn and teaching gives him the chance to learn a ton every day.

"Each day is a new experience. No matter what you plan for, the kids take ownership and extend thinking/understanding to fantastic heights."

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Rusty Bresser

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.

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Brian Kissel

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.

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Carolyn Bridges

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

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Lois Bridges

Lois Bridges is a consultant, teacher, editor, and writer specializing in teachers' professional development. Her teaching has ranged from multiage elementary classrooms to preservice college level at the University of California.

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Fred Steven Brill

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.

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Herbert W. Broda

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.

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