Authors

Missy Matthews

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. Currently she is  a staff developer at the Public Education and Business Coalition in Denver.

"I always knew I wanted to spend my career teaching and learning with children," she says.

Missy loves the "process of inquiry: learners asking personally meaningful questions, exploring different avenues to discover answers, and developing new understandings about the world." She believes that Put Thinking to the Test is the product of the authors' inquiry, "our own quest for answers to a real quandary."

Missy enjoys the outdoors with her husband, Steve; their three children, Allison, Kyle, and Rachel; and their dog, Daisy. They love sports and spending time with their extended family.