I am a literacy coach, developer of educational resources, and writer. My training is in education; I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, and am permanently certified to teach pre-school to 6th grade, as well as secondary social studies in New York. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning (CISL) at the University at Buffalo.
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
I have worked with schools and teachers to help align and enhance writing instruction in grades K-12 while growing my business in developing educational resources. Some of the companies I have worked for include Social Studies School Services and Teacher Created Materials.
Some of my education heroes are Nancie Atwell, James Collins, Ruth Culham, and Howard Gardner.
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. I have published two books with Teacher Created Materials, and my writing has appeared in Highlights for Children, The NY Daily News, Teen Vogue and more. I co-authored a third grade field trip on Systems for the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg, PA, and I frequently contribute to News-O-Matic, the daily newspaper for kids. You can visit my personal webpage here.
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.
Founder, Authors and Educators, LLC