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."

She earned her master's degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia and taught in classrooms in the Midwest, Rocky Mountain West and East. She is currently a professor at Rowan University in New Jersey and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. She also consults on a variety of literacy-related topics.

She loves teaching because "there's never a dull moment. You get to be creative and reflective, and you can make a difference in the lives of children."

In professional development settings, she likes to keep the pace moving, keep participants thinking, and actively involve them in learning.

"My approach to writing a book is to think and mentally plan, draft on the computer, revise on hard copy and computer, let it all simmer for a while, then revisit it with fresh eyes. I try to create books that I would like as a reader and teacher."