My training is in education; I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in education, and am permanently certified to teach pre-school-6th grade as well as secondary social studies in New York.
My career began in Clarence Central School District, where I taught 3rd and 6th grades. During that time, I taught all core subjects, but I focused mainly on social studies and language arts. I utilized the six traits of writing to guide instruction in writer's workshop, and I enhanced reading appreciation through book club using Harvey and Goudvis's Strategies That Work.
After I moved to Pennsylvania, I supervised education majors and taught the following courses at Bloomsburg and Bucknell Universities:
- Literacy Across Contexts
- Teaching Reading in Early Childhood: Birth-Kindergarten
- Teaching of Fine Arts in the Elementary School (both in-person and online)
- Teaching Literacy and Literature in Diverse Classrooms
- Language Arts Methods in the Modern Elementary School
- Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
- Seminar in Learning Experiences with Young Children
- Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Some of my education heroes are Nancy Atwell, Howard Gardner, and Diane Ravitch.
In addition to my "day job," I also write, and my children's writing is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. As an active member of SCBWI, I love to attend conferences and meet other kid lit enthusiasts. My writing has appeared in Highlights for Children, Scary Mommy. The Marshall Project and more. I co-authored a third grade field trip on Systems for the Bloomsburg Children's Museum in Bloomsburg, PA. I frequently contribute to News-O-Matic, the daily newspaper for kids.
Some of my children's author heroes are Peter Brown, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jane Yolen.
I am thrilled to be a part of the efforts to connect the education and kid lit worlds.