Hey, I’m Alison! I love getting kids excited about reading and writing. I also love getting teachers excited about teaching literacy!

I share ideas and tools to help teachers simplify their planning and create engaging lessons. I believe that teachers should have access to materials that are both easy to use and written around best instructional practices.

I first began creating literacy materials when I was teaching Kindergarten. The reading and writing curriculum provided by my school didn’t fit my students’ needs, and they weren’t easy to use. I found myself scrambling to write lessons at the last minute. I was spending too much time planning lessons and making materials to go along with them. I wanted to devote my time and energy to what really counts – learning about my students’ needs and differentiating my instruction.

So I began creating my own reading and writing lessons to better fit my students’ needs. I created plans, materials to go along with them, and then made changes as I used the lessons with my kids. When I moved up to first and second grade, I continued to create materials to engage and challenge my students.

Today, I work with young children and their families, and I present professional development sessions for teachers. I have a master’s degree in literacy leadership, experience as a classroom teacher in Pre-K through 2nd grade (general education, bilingual, and dual language), and experience as a reading specialist.

When I’m not teaching, writing, or collaborating with other teachers, I love traveling with my husband, running, spending time outdoors, taking photos, and being entertained by my cats’ antics.

For lots of literacy ideas and materials, check out my blog and my TpT store. You can also sign up to receive updates from me below – and I’ll even send you a free gift when you subscribe! 🙂