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, and eventually became a reading specialist, I continued to create materials to engage and challenge my students.
Today, I’m the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for K-4 at a small private school in Tennessee, and I also present professional development webinars 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, hiking, spending time outdoors, and being entertained by my cats’ antics.