Author Biographies

Debbie Nyman

Debbie Nyman is an arts educator, presenter, and author. An instructor at OISE–University of Toronto, Debbie works with teachers to develop creative strategies that enrich student learning.

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Esther Delgado-Larocco

Esther L. Delgado-Larocco is on the faculty of the Center for Bilingual/Multicultural Studies in Education at California State University at Chico.

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Diane Vetter

Diane Vetter is a Course Director for the Faculty of Education at York University. The author of journal articles and a popular keynote speaker, Diane’s research interests include mentoring, teacher education, and cross-curricular infusion of Indigenous perspectives, traditions, and cultures. Diane has taught in the elementary grades and served as a teacher mentor. Diane lives in Barrie, Ontario.

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Debbie Diller

Debbie Diller, a national educational consultant and popular conference speaker, lives in Houston, Texas. Debbie uses her experience of over 40 years as a classroom teacher, Title I reading specialist, and literacy coach to teach others about sensible, realistic ways to meet the literacy needs of all students in the classroom.

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Resi Ditzel

Over the past 20 years, Resi J. Ditzel has been teaching and learning with students in Hawaii. Her experience has ranged from kindergarten through grade 5 and special education, with each classroom being a blend of cultural, social, and economic backgrounds.

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Elizabeth Dobler

Elizabeth Dobler has been an educator for thirty-three years, in the roles of an elementary classroom teacher, library media specialist, resource center director, and university professor.

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Ray Doiron

Ray Doiron is a professor at the University of Prince Edward Island where he helps prepare new early literacy teachers for the classroom.

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Lisa Donohue

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.

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Lynne Dorfman

Lynne Dorfman is a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project where she serves on the blog team.

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Linda Dorn

Linda Dorn, who passed away in September, 2019, was a professor of reading education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she directed the UALR Center for Literacy. She taught graduate classes in literacy theory, research, classroom practice, and literacy leadership, and had twenty-seven years of experience in education, including teaching at the elementary, intermediate, and college levels.

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Laura Doucette

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.

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Diane Esolen Dougherty

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.

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Cheryl Dozier

Cheryl L. Dozier is an assistant professor in the Department of Reading at the University at Albany. She is a former kindergarten, second-, and third-grade teacher in urban schools.

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Cheryll Duquette

Cheryll Duquette is an associate professor at the University of Ottawa, specializing in inclusive education. For over ten years, she has taught a variety of subjects to students with many different exceptionalities at both the elementary and secondary levels.

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Christine Duthie

Christine Duthie has spent most of her twenty-year professional career in the primary classroom. She is currently a first-grade teacher at Trumansburg Elementary School (NY).

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Brenda Stein Dzaldov

Brenda Stein Dzaldov is an educational consultant who has worked for more than twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, literacy teacher, special education teacher, and educational consultant. She is the author of numerous children's books and has published many articles on student literacy learning.

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Krista Ediger

Krista Ediger has taught English, French Immersion, FSL, and Social Studies, and has worked on planning in multiple disciplines.

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Monica Edinger

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.

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Kathryn Pilcher Edmonds

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."

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Marcia Talhelm Edson

Marcia Edson is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Education at Boston University. She focuses on inquiry-based science in early childhood education.

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Lisa Eickholdt

Lisa Eickholdt has worked as a teacher, interventionist, coach, and professor for twenty-eight years. Today, she is a middle school literacy coach, consultant, and writer. She’s the author of Learning from Classmates: Using Students’ Writing as Mentor Texts (Heinemann, 2015), and the co-author of The Night Before Christmas at the Zoo (Chronicle Books, 2023) with Lola Schaefer.

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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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Sharon Fargason

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.

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Kathleen Fay

Kathleen Fay has served as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Title I resource teacher, and Literacy Collaborative Coach since beginning her teaching career in 1990.

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Jean R. Feldman

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.

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Catherine Feniak

Teaching is a new adventure each day, says Catherine Feniak, who became a teacher as a natural progression from volunteering with children and working as a teacher's assistant. "I've never left school!" she says.

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Margaret Ferguson

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).

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Judith Ferrara

Judith M. Ferrara is a writer and visual artist. From 1964 to 1997, she was a classroom teacher, college professor, and author of educational articles and materials, as well as poetry.

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Karen Filewych

Karen Filewych has more than twenty years of educational experience as a teacher of all elementary grades and most recently as a school administrator. Her passion for literacy began as a young child with nightly bedtime stories and weekly trips to the library.

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Stephanie Fins

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.

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Mary Fiore

Mary Fiore is responsible for implementing effective mathematics teaching practices at all grade levels.

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Sheree Fitch

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.

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Krista Flemington

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.

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Graham Fletcher

Graham Fletcher has served in education as a classroom teacher, math instructional lead, and currently as a math specialist. Graham’s work with the math progressions and problem-based lessons has led him to present throughout North America and beyond.

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Jennifer Fletcher

Jennifer Fletcher is a Professor of English at California State University, Monterey Bay and a former high school English teacher. She teaches courses for first-year college students and future teachers and leads workshops on rhetorical literacy skills throughout the country. Her books include Teaching Arguments, Teaching Literature Rhetorically, and Writing Rhetorically.

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Ralph Fletcher

Ralph Fletcher is a friend of writing teachers everywhere. Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his master's degree from Columbia University.

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Mike Flynn

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.

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Nick Flynn

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.

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Char Forsten

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.

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Graham Foster

Graham is a writer and workshop presenter in schools, at conventions, and in professional development consortia. He has thirty-two years of teaching experience, including thirteen years as language arts supervisor for Calgary Catholic Schools.

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Megan L. Franke

Megan Franke, a professor of education at UCLA, supports and studies teachers as they make use of research based information about Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), the development of children’s mathematical thinking. She works with students, teachers, and schools to challenge inequities and create opportunities for each and every student to learn with understanding.

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Cathy Fraser

Cathy Fraser has been the librarian at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, New Hampshire for since 2004. She holds certifications in Reading and Writing Specialist and Secondary English Teacher, and is a passionate advocate for literacy for all. Follow Cathy on Twitter at @cfraser150.

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Cathy French

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

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Paul Friedemann

Paul D. Friedemann and Jeffrey Wilhelm taught together for many years as the language arts and social studies specialists on an integrated middle school teaching team.

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Charles Fuhrken

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.

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Kelly Gallagher

Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his thirty-third year of teaching at the high school level.

He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.

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Donna-Lynn Galloway

Donna-Lynn Galloway has been a dynamic and passionate educator for more than thirty years. As the Early Years Consultant for Halton Catholic District School Board, Donna-Lynn was responsible for implementing the full-day kindergarten program.

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Kathy Ganske

Kathy became a teacher because she wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. "I later discovered an added plus," she says. "Teachers were great people to work with, be around, and get to know."

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Anne Upczak Garcia

Anne Upczak Garcia is a writer and bilingual teacher in Colorado. She spends part of her time hiking and skiing in the Rockies with her Colorado family and part of her time visiting and traveling through the Andes of Merida with her Venezuelan family.

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Karen Gartland

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.

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Adrienne Gear

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.

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J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D

J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D is an internationally acclaimed author, researcher, and educational consultant known for his ground-breaking work in education on topics such as early literacy; best-practices for reading, writing, and spelling; and dyslexia.

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Gayle Gentry

Gayle works as a curricular support teacher (K–5) mornings at Scottish Corners School in Dublin, Ohio, and in the afternoons she is the literacy teacher for a primary multiage class (grades 1–2). 

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Giacinta Alberti

Giacinta Alberti, B.Ed., is a K–7 learning support teacher in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She has a teaching degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in learning support. Giacinta has experience supporting struggling readers and developing programs and support plans for students in need, while working closely with parents and other school district professionals. She has been a highly respected educator for fifteen years and is a leader among her peers.

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