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Contributors

Reading A-Z books and lessons are written and illustrated by a wide range of individuals with K-6 experience and are reviewed by an expert team of teachers and reading specialists.

Advisers & Consultants

Carolyn Borkowski
  • Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education
  • Masters of Science Education Reading Teacher
  • Kindergarten Grade Level Literacy Coach (2013-2014)
  • Reading Teacher, Troy, NY (2000-)
  • ELA Curriculum Field Leader (2007-2011)
  • Math Curriculum Field Leader (2006-2007)
  • Tutor and Tester (1998-2000)
  • Permanent Substitute Teacher (1999-2000)
  • Kindergarten Teacher (1997-1998)
  • Attendance Committee, School 2
  • Reading Is Fundamental Coordinator, School 12
  • Shared Decision Making, School 12
  • Reading Committee, Shaker Road Elementary

Kim Brown
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Twenty-seven years teaching Elementary School
  • Highly Qualified Certification
  • Licensed in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Author of two Reading A-Z texts
  • Third-Grade-Level Chairperson
  • Past Kindergarten-Grade-Level Chairperson

Amy Freeman
  • Special Needs Literacy Grant Coordinator, Putnam County Educational Service Center/Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Pandora, Ohio

Adria F. Klein, Ph.D
  • Doctorate, Reading and English as a Second Language, University of New Mexico
  • Professor Emeritus, Reading Education, California State University
  • Reading Recovery trainer, Saint Mary's College
  • Coordinator, trainer, researcher, Foundation for Comprehensive Literacy Learning
  • Author, professional and children's books
  • Former President, California Reading Association
  • Board of Directors, International Reading Association (1997-2000)

Patricia McCullough
  • Graduated in Accounting at UNIFOR (University of Fortaleza).
  • EFL school TTC (teacher's training course), IBEU-CE, included methodology and history of EFL
  • Tutor for Brazilian students of English (6 years)
  • Teacher of English (EFL) at Pink and Blue School for children ages 4-12 (1979), at Fisk School for teens and adults (1980), at Yazigi School for teens and adults (1982-1984)
  • Tutor for EFL students; translator (English/Portuguese-Portuguese/English) (1984-1991)
  • Course adviser and teacher of English (EFL) at IBEU-CE for children, teens, and adults (1991- 2004)
  • Teacher of English (EFL) at IBEU-CE for children, teens, and adults (2011-)
  • Seventh grade English teacher (EFL) at a public school (Visconde do Rio Branco) (2013-)

Beth Perry
  • Teacher, ESL Primary Students (7 years); Grade 2 modified dual language (2 years), Sunnyslope Elementary, Phoenix, AZ
  • Early Childhood Certificate, Masters Degree in Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment

Connie Ramsey
  • National Board Teaching Certification in Literacy
  • Past President, WORD; President, Washington state chapter of the International Reading Association
  • Master's, Guidance and Counseling, University of Idaho
  • Bachelor's, Special Education, Ohio University
  • Principal Certification, Gonzaga University
  • National Board Certification, program participant
  • Trainer, Classroom teachers (at-risk students), nationwide
  • Past Chair, Language Arts Committee (K-6 reading adoption), Mead School District, Spokane, WA
  • WORD Leadership in Reading Award
  • Reading specialist, Mead School District, Spokane, WA
  • Resource Room teacher, Mead School District, Spokane, WA
  • Reading demonstration teacher, Mead School District, Spokane, WA
  • Gifted and Talented teacher, Mead School District, Spokane, WA

Jami Shields
  • Master's in Education, emphasis in English as a Second Language, Kansas Newman University
  • Bachelor's in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • ESL teacher, Washington Elementary, Liberal, KS (2 years)
  • ESL teacher, Salyer Elementary, Guymon, OK (5 years)
  • ESL teacher/ Math Coach/ ESL and Language Arts Instructional Facilitator, McLaughlin Elementary, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, TX (5 years)
  • District Trainer for Teachers, Thinking Maps Program and TExES ESL Certification Preparation Class, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Carrollton, TX (5 years)
  • ESL Kindergarten Teacher, La Villita Elementary, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Irving, TX (5 years)
  • Current ESL Grade 2 Teacher, La Villita Elementary, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, Irving, TX

Sally Ruggiero
  • Master of Education, Elementary Education with concentration in Reading/Language Arts; Minor, Civil War and Reconstruction and Seminar in Sociology; Graduate Assistant in the Campus Reading Clinic, University of Memphis
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Southern Arkansas University; Minor, Social Studies
  • School Improvement Consultant New Jersey Department of Education (2005- June 2012)
  • Assessor Coordinator for (NAEP) National Assessment of Education Progress (2004-2005)
  • Reading Specialist (1976-2004)
  • Teacher-Various Grade Levels and Locations in New Jersey (1968-2008)
  • Founding Member of New Jersey National Board of Certified Teachers
  • Priority School Consultant for the New Jersey Education Association (July 2013-)
  • Lifetime Member, NEA and NJEA
  • National Board Certification: (One of 13 in NJ in my area when I achieved-2003.) Renewed Certification as Early Childhood Generalist (Expires 2023)
  • Highly Qualified Under Federal and New Jersey Guidelines (Not House), in Elementary Education K-8, Social Studies K-12, and Language Arts Literacy K-12
  • New Jersey Certifications including Elementary School Teacher, Teacher of Social Studies, Teacher of Reading, Reading Specialist, Teacher of Pre-School-Grade 3, Principal/Supervisor


Writers

Authors of original Reading A-Z books range from the yet-to-be-discovered to some of today’s popular children’s writers. The selection of books also includes stories by famous authors excerpted or adapted from literature in the public domain.

  • Marcie Aboff
  • Steven Accardi
  • Kyle Ackerman
  • Melanie Alberts
  • Harry Allard
  • Ty Allison
  • Charlie Alolkoy
  • Linda J. Altman
  • Deborah Ambroza
  • Dina Anastasio
  • Hans Christian Andersen
  • Katie Anderson
  • Torran Anderson
  • Veronica Angel
  • Karen Y. Artino
  • Penny Atcheson
  • Elizabeth Austin
  • Michael Bagnulo
  • Vera Ogden Bakker
  • Chris Baldwin
  • Heather Banks
  • Karina Barrentine
  • Sylvia Ives Baxter
  • Jack Beers
  • Virginia Benderly
  • Annalecia Benner
  • Melissa Benner
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • Clifton Bingham
  • Kathleen Bird
  • Marvin Bird
  • J.F. Blane
  • Al Boasberg
  • Marvin D. Bodner
  • Maribeth Boelts
  • Brad Bolchunos
  • Mason Booker
  • Lacy Finn Borgo
  • Kenna Bourke
  • Judy Braus
  • Jesse Brett
  • Rose Brooker
  • Harris Brooks
  • Felicia Brown
  • Kim Brown
  • Jeff Buckner
  • Pam Bull
  • Katherine Burdick
  • Page Burdick
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • R. K. Burrice
  • Bertha E. Bush
  • Dori H. Butler
  • Rus Buyok
  • Ann Cameron
  • Taylor Campos
  • Mary C. Canavan
  • Cameron Carroll
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Annette Carruthers
  • Sarah Cebulski
  • Jodi Chamberlain
  • Robert Charles
  • D.G. Chelsea
  • Molly Chen
  • Matt Christopher
  • Jeri Cipriano
  • Jada Cisse
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Andrew Clements
  • Susan Constable
  • Bruce D. Cooper
  • Florence Cooper
  • Stephen Cosgrove
  • Pansy Cowder
  • Damien Crean
  • Susan Crean
  • Anna-Marie Crum
  • Anthony Curran
  • Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Claire Daniel
  • Paula Danziger
  • Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
  • Thomas Deeny
  • Daniel Defoe
  • Dane Dehler
  • Martina Deignan
  • Katie Delbridge
  • Eileen Dent
  • Lorena F. Di Bello
  • Charles Dickens
  • Jean Heilprin Diehl
  • Bill Dinardo
  • Jennifer Dobner
  • Barbara A. Donovan
  • Gawain Douglas
  • David Dreier
  • Dana Duclo
  • Lou Duncan
  • Salomon Dunphy
  • Christine Economos
  • Linda Ekblad
  • Michael Ellis
  • Michael Emerson
  • Edie Evans
  • Simon A Evey
  • Julia Horatia Ewing
  • Roxanne Farah
  • Sharon Fear
  • Thea Feldman
  • Ursula Feversham
  • Mary Fifield
  • Gabrielle Fimbres
  • Larry Fleece
  • Aria Fletcher-Ratliff
  • Michael T. Foley
  • Katherine Follett
  • Victoria Ford
  • Ellen Forrest
  • Elizabeth Fox
  • Tony Francisco
  • Celeste Fraser
  • Louise Frechette
  • Craig Frederick
  • Kira Freed
  • Ron Fridell
  • Monica Friedman
  • Duncan Frost
  • Jeffery B. Fuerst
  • Jordan Fujioka
  • Lynn Fulton
  • Kathy Furgang
  • Emilio Garcia
  • Chuck Garofano
  • Ting Gee
  • Sarah Ghusson
  • Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Patrick Girouard
  • Candace Glass
  • Jan Goldberg
  • Elizabeth Gordon
  • Marilyn Gould
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • Alyson Greene
  • Nathan Grove
  • Maya Guinn
  • Robin Gwozdz
  • Lilian Price Hacker
  • Amy S. Hansen
  • Julie Harding
  • Vivienne Harding
  • Lisa Harkrader
  • Gabriel Harper
  • William Harryman
  • Susan Hartley
  • Trica Oshant Hawkins
  • Randolph Heard
  • Lara Hendersen
  • Lili Henderson
  • Oliver Henderson
  • Jeff Hendricks
  • Cynthia Kennedy Henzel
  • Nina Hess
  • William D. Hicks
  • Kitty Higgins
  • Russell Hoban
  • Charles C. Hofer
  • Kathy Hoggan
  • Clifton Holland
  • Jerry Hopkins
  • Ruth Horowitz
  • William Houseman
  • Becca Hughes
  • Willy A. Hughes
  • Lisa Ing
  • Sue Irwin
  • Gwynne Jackson
  • Ryan James
  • Blane Jeffries
  • Ned Jensen
  • Linda Johns
  • Amanda Johnson
  • Colleen Jones
  • Norton Juster
  • Ava G. Kalisch
  • Rachel Kamb
  • Jess Karp
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Thomas Keith
  • Farrah Keshawarz
  • Nancy Helen Kessler
  • Dennis Khalil
  • Ian Kiech
  • Travis Kiech
  • Robin King
  • Sean Kirchner
  • Jackson Kitchell
  • Adria Klein
  • Dolores Kleinholz
  • Suzy Kline
  • Katie Knight
  • Jackie French Koller
  • E.L. Konigsburg
  • Kathleen Koopman
  • Keith Kortemartin
  • Sarah Kortemartin
  • Abigail LaMarine
  • Daniel Laurence
  • Sharla LaVelle
  • Rachel Lawson
  • Elspeth Leacock
  • Edward Lear
  • Carolyn Lee
  • Lorraine Leidholdt
  • Susan Lennox
  • Kathie Lester
  • Sasha Levy
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Nate Light
  • Susan Light
  • Joan Linck
  • Jane Ling
  • Judith Lipsett
  • Jean Little
  • Arnold Lobel
  • Jack London
  • Elizabeth Amber Love
  • Ken Mackler
  • Jan Mader
  • Cecilia Maeson
  • Lauren Mahon
  • Mary Ann Marazzi
  • Keith Martin
  • Lee Anne Martin
  • Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Fran Mason
  • Elizabeth Massie
  • Simone Matakana
  • Joanne Mattern
  • Madeline McCall
  • Sean McCollum
  • Jennifer McStotts
  • David Meissner
  • Lisa Meltzer
  • Susan Markowitz Meredith
  • Julie Mettenburg
  • John Meyer
  • Julie Miller
  • Nora Miller
  • Wayne Miller
  • Larry Millet
  • Else Holmelund Minarik
  • Karen Mockler
  • L. M. Montgomery
  • Peter C. Montin
  • Katie Moore
  • Vic Moors
  • Francis Morgan
  • Robert Morgan
  • Lori Mortensen
  • Ellen S. Mulkerin
  • Rachael Murphy
  • Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Brock Nicol
  • Trinka Hakes Noble
  • Dave Ord
  • Beverly Osborn
  • Gladys Osborn
  • Carolina B. Page
  • Katalina Page
  • Katherine Page
  • Susie Paige
  • Barbara Park
  • Julie Parks
  • Katherine Paterson
  • Terri Patterson
  • Milo Pear
  • Nigel Pepperhouse
  • Marlene Perez
  • John Perritano
  • M. LaVora Perry
  • Rae Pilkington
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Lori Polydoros
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Jason Powe
  • Stephanie Pretzer
  • Julie M. Prince
  • Elizabeth Jane Pustilnik
  • Pete Ramirez
  • Roy Ramos
  • Marcy Ramsey
  • Nanette Rautscher
  • Katherine Rawson
  • Travis Reid
  • Danny Reif
  • Cheryl Reifsnyder
  • Mary Reina
  • Beverly Rice
  • Racheal Rice
  • Joe Richards
  • S. R. Richenson
  • Brian Roberts
  • Fay Robinson
  • Joanna Jarc Robinson
  • Mara Rockliff
  • Ruth Romer
  • Natalie Rompella
  • Judy Rosenbaum
  • Harriet Rosenbloom
  • Tom Rosenstiehl
  • Sadie Blaine Rousler
  • John Rousselle
  • Rebecca Ruiz
  • Evan Russell
  • Cheryl Ryan
  • N. M. Ryan
  • Cynthia Rylant
  • Noy Saetia
  • Laura Purdie Salas
  • Rebecca Sandies
  • Matthew Schenker
  • Paula Schricker
  • Jeanne Baca Schulte
  • Barbara Schwartz
  • Terry I. Scott
  • Katherine Scraper
  • Jane Sellman
  • Carol Shank
  • Terry Miller Shannon
  • Katie Sharp
  • Melanie Sheperd
  • Jill Sherman
  • Ruth Siburt
  • Courtney Silk
  • Louanne Silver
  • Bea Silverberg
  • Lauren Simmons
  • Joe Slade
  • Philip Slater
  • Marilyn Edna Slevin
  • Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Penny Smith
  • Alfred Smuskiewicz
  • Fross T. Snowman
  • Myka-Lynne Sokoloff
  • Chitra Sounder
  • Patricia South
  • Elizabeth George Speare
  • Susan Spence-Allard
  • Nicholas Spencer
  • Jerry Spinelli
  • Michele Sobel Spirn
  • Judith St. George
  • Shaun Stanberry
  • Eugene Stanley
  • Birdie Stark
  • Mike Stark
  • Sherry Sterling
  • Eliot Kays Stone
  • Elizabeth Strauss
  • W. E. Strauss
  • Allie Sullivan
  • Ginger Summers
  • Caryn Swark
  • Alyse Sweeney
  • Simms Taback
  • Barbara Taragan
  • Algernon Tassin
  • Simone Taupo
  • Bonnie Highsmith Taylor
  • Mildred D. Taylor
  • Shaun Taylor
  • Curtis Thomas
  • Gary Thompson
  • Lisa Trumbauer
  • Maya Rezende Tsao
  • Mark Twain
  • Iva Valentino
  • S.E. Virgilio
  • Nora Voutas
  • Bernard Waber
  • Kara Waite
  • Cheyenne R. Walker
  • Nan Walker
  • Booker T. Washington
  • Joanne C. Watcher
  • Amy Weber
  • Ann Weil
  • Charlotte Welton
  • Loretta West
  • Molly Wetterschneider
  • Hannah Wheatley
  • E. B. White
  • Gavin Williams
  • Ann Willis
  • Christina Wilsdon
  • Brycie Wilson
  • Cerise Wilson
  • Nathaniel Wilson
  • Troy Wolff
  • Daniel Yetta
  • Aly Zaryn
  • Gene Zion
  • Laura Tully Zwickl


Illustrators

All art for Reading A-Z books and materials is generated by professional illustrators who have years of experience illustrating educational materials.

  • Aika Aika
  • R.W. Alley
  • Diane Allison
  • Virginia Allyn
  • Charlie Alolkoy
  • Renee Andriani
  • Amy Appleby
  • Carles Arbat
  • Hugh Armstrong
  • David Arumi
  • Cale Atkinson
  • Martha Avilés
  • Chris Baldwin
  • Sheralyn Barnes
  • Tom Barrett
  • Dawn Beacon
  • Ellen Beier
  • Erin Bellingham
  • Jerry Bennett
  • Mary Beth Benton
  • Michelle Berg
  • Arnie Bermudez
  • Jen Betton
  • Tracy Bishop
  • Margaret Bloy Graham
  • Thomas Boatwright
  • Joe Boddy
  • Tom Bonson
  • Hector Borlasca
  • Mark Bowers
  • Garth Bruner
  • Denise Brunkus
  • Beth Buffington
  • Peter Bull
  • Katherine P. Burdick
  • Gail H. Buschman
  • Reginald W. Butler
  • Tad Butler
  • Annette Cable
  • Brent Campbell
  • C.B. Canga
  • Felicia Cano
  • Eric Carle
  • Penny Carter
  • Dominic Catalano
  • Melanie Cataldo
  • Micah Chambers-Goldberg
  • Dream Mengqian Chen
  • Ziyue Chen
  • Holly Clifton-Brown
  • Laura Ferraro Close
  • David Cockroft
  • Roberta Collier-Morales
  • Donald Cook
  • Marcus Cutler
  • Christopher Cyr
  • Ted Dawson
  • Thomas Deeny
  • Leighanne Dees
  • Stephanie Dehennin
  • Anna Dewdney
  • Donna Diamond
  • Terry Lim Diefenbach
  • Bill Dinardo
  • Dennis Dittrich
  • Burt Dodson
  • Michelle Dorenkamp
  • Jason Dove
  • Brian Dumm
  • Kiersten Eagan
  • Jeff Ebbeler
  • Allan Eitzen
  • Andy Elkerton
  • Mariano Epelbaum
  • Len Epstein
  • Martin Fagan
  • Caroline Farías
  • Chiara Fedele
  • Siri Weber Feeney
  • Jules Feiffer
  • Eugenie Fernandes
  • Lisa Fields
  • Matthew Forsyth
  • Keith Frawley
  • Laura Freeman
  • Jackie French Koller
  • Mernie Gallagher-Cole
  • Lauren Gallegos
  • Alan Gallo
  • Toma Feizo Gas
  • Randy Gates
  • Claudine Gévry
  • Alessia Girasole
  • Patrick Girouard
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • Jason Griffin
  • Chris Grine
  • Norm Grock
  • Fatemeh Haghnejad
  • Joe Hammond
  • Red Hansen
  • Chris Harding
  • Marilee Harrald-Pilz
  • Debra Pehrson Haun
  • Blane Hefner
  • Michelle Henninger
  • Terry Herman
  • Cende Hill
  • Kyle Hilton
  • Lillian Hoban
  • Laura Hoffman
  • Sharon Holm
  • Joan Holub
  • Chengcheng Hu
  • Neesha Hudson
  • Amy Huntington
  • Lisa Ing
  • Jul Ishida
  • Colin Jack
  • Nicholas Jackson
  • Susan Jaekel
  • Milena Jahier
  • Hugh Jamieson
  • Marilyn Janovitz
  • Valentina Jaskina
  • Pamela Johnson
  • Abby Johnston
  • Dani Jones
  • Charles Jordan
  • Angela Kamstra
  • John Kastner
  • Yuko Katakawa
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Kathie Kelleher
  • Steven Kellogg
  • Kelly Kennedy
  • Silvio Kiko
  • Julie Kim
  • Ria Kim
  • Violet Kim
  • Jenny Kincaid
  • Manuel King
  • Wednesday Kirwan
  • Barbara Kiwak
  • Christine Knopp
  • Jackie French Koller
  • Kathleen Koopman
  • Rush Kress
  • Michael Kress-Russick
  • Carolyn LaPorte
  • Mike LaRiccia
  • Victoria de Larrea
  • Janet Laura Scott
  • Violet Lemay
  • Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
  • Chad Libby
  • Arthur Lin
  • Shih-Fen Lin
  • Arnold Lobel
  • Laura Logan
  • Katya Longhi
  • Alex Lopez
  • Angelo Lopez
  • Matt Loveridge
  • Loretta Lustig
  • Tammie Lyon
  • Colleen Madden
  • Nilah Magruder
  • John Manders
  • Lisa Manuzak
  • Fred Marcellino
  • Stephen Marchesi
  • James Marshall
  • Nina Mata
  • Frank Mayo
  • Kevin McCarthy
  • Aaron McConnell
  • Kathleen McCord
  • Jane McCreary
  • Janet McDonnell
  • Anik McGrory
  • Darren McKee
  • Mark Meyers
  • Hazel Mitchell
  • Jeremy Mohler
  • Maria Mola
  • Carlo Molinari
  • Albert Molnar
  • Rodolfo Montalvo
  • Juan Manuel Moreno
  • Mike Morrocco
  • Olivia Chin Mueller
  • Claudio Munoz
  • Sachin Nagar
  • James Nathan
  • Yevgenia Nayberg
  • Philip Newsom
  • Shirley Ng-Benitez
  • Brock Nicol
  • Laura Nikiel
  • Signe Nordin
  • Jeremy Norton
  • Alejandro O'Kif
  • Lee Oaks
  • David Opie
  • Craig Orback
  • Janos Orban
  • Ruth Palmer
  • Aaron Palsmeier
  • Bonnie Pang
  • Olivier Pelletier
  • Michael Penick
  • Linda Pierce
  • Rae Pilkington
  • Debbie Pinkney
  • Jennifer Plecas
  • Lena Podesta
  • Nina de Polonia
  • Sandra Pond
  • Andy Poole
  • Giovanni Pota
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Luciana Navarro Powell
  • Lillian Price Hacker
  • Jon Proctor
  • Hazel Quintanilla
  • Merrill Rainey
  • Orlando Ramirez
  • Marcy Ramsey
  • Catalina Rankin
  • Robert Rath
  • Cathy Reene
  • Frank Remkiewicz
  • Joanne Renaud
  • M.T. Ross
  • Tony Ross
  • Sandra Salsbury
  • Margaret Sanfilippo
  • Nancy Sarama
  • David Schimmel
  • David Schimmell
  • Leighanne Schneider
  • Paula Schricker
  • Carol Schwartz
  • Elena Selivanova
  • Brian Selznick
  • Maurice Sendak
  • Linda Silvestri
  • Rémy Simard
  • D.J. Simison
  • Blanche Sims
  • Esphyr Slobodkina
  • David Small
  • Eugene C. Smith
  • Joel Snyder
  • A. Spencer
  • Robert Squier
  • Bob Steimle
  • Ivica Stevanovic
  • Sucie Stevenson
  • Roger Stewart
  • Rebecca Stuhff
  • Simms Taback
  • Nicole Tadgell
  • Gabriele Tafuni
  • Kaori Taijima
  • Mark Teague
  • Jomike Tejido
  • Shawna J.c. Tenney
  • Claudia Tenorio
  • Ingvard the Terrible
  • Erin Terry
  • G.H. Thompson
  • Rebecca Thornburgh
  • Darcy Tom
  • Meryl Treatner
  • Tasha Tudor
  • Stan Tusan
  • Mary Uhles
  • Gary Undercuffler
  • Gabhor Utomo
  • Filippo Vanzo
  • Natalia Vasquez
  • Elaine S. Verstraete
  • Fred Volke
  • Jack Voris
  • Maria Voris
  • Nora Voutas
  • Bernard Waber
  • John Walker
  • Damian Ward
  • Erik Weber
  • Penny Weber
  • Karl West
  • Deborah White
  • Guy Wolek
  • Liza Woodruff
  • Donald Wu
  • Yemi Yemi
  • Jess Yeomans
  • Sachiko Yoshikawa
  • Laura Zarrin
  • Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Glenn Zimmer
  • Jennifer Zivoin
  • Grace Zong
  • Andrea Zuill


Emeritus Advisers & Consultants

Debbie Holloway
  • Master's in Education Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Kindergarten and Grade 3 teacher
  • Campus Instructional Specialist - Elementary

Ruth Romer
  • Adjunct Professor, Reading Methods and Tutoring, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Educational consultant/author
  • Author/designer, MatchWord
  • Reading specialist, Clark County School District, NV
  • Elementary school teacher (13 years)

Nancy Lyon
  • Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Elementary school teacher, PA, NJ, AZ
  • Title 1 Reading & Reading Recovery teacher, Amphitheater School District, Tucson, AZ
  • Title 1 Reading Facilitator, Keeling Elementary, Tucson, AZ (6 years)
  • Title 1 Teacher Facilitator, Amphitheater School District, Tucson, AZ

Patti Lopez, Ph.D.
  • Educational Doctorate, Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University
  • Master's in Education, Schooling and School Leadership, Harvard University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, University of Arizona
  • Stanford University Summer Program, Colegio Cervantes, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Federal Grants/Title 1 Director, Amphitheater Public Schools, Tucson, AZ
  • Assistant Superintendent; Director of Organizational Development; Director, Title I; K-5 Reading Language Specialist; Classroom teacher supervisor, Grades 1, 2, and 5, Tucson Unified School District, AZ
  • Professor of Publicity and Policy, Northern Arizona University
  • Member and officer, several professional and community boards
  • Author, numerous professional educational articles

Gwen Bartnik
  • Literacy Consultant K-12, Vancouver School District
  • Grade 1 primary teacher, Vancouver, BC.
  • Literacy Mentor, Vancouver School District


ELL Advisors

Olga Ellis, Ph.D.
  • Twenty-three years of ESL/EFL experience at all proficiency levels and for all language skills, including academic writing
  • Doctorate, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT), the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Master's degree, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL), California State University, Turlock, CA
  • Master's degree, Rhetoric and Teaching of Writing (RTW), California State University, Turlock, CA
  • TESOL Teacher Trainer and program administrator in EFL/ESL
  • ESL/EFL/English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Online course designer
  • Author, Just Speak Up Levels 1-3 (Compass Publishing, March 2009)
  • Author, On-line Test Preparation. Study in the U.S.A. (Fall 2010)

Max Klink
  • Graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Manager for High School Multilingual Curriculum and Programs, The School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Adjunct professor, Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
  • Teacher and director of English Language Learner programs in kindergarten through twelfth grade in various public and charter school settings

Alma Montemayor Sandigo
  • First and second grade teacher in a dual-language program and mainstream classroom.
  • Instructional coach, professional development leader, and district coordinator in the implementation of SEI programs in Yuma School District One, Gadsden, and Somerton
  • Faculty member of the Bilingual Multicultural Education Program at Northern Arizona University, Yuma
  • Advisor for Arizona State Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition Services

Kia Myrick McDaniel
  • Master's degree in Bilingual Special Education, George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
  • ESOL supervisor in a large urban district
  • ESOL teacher, ESOL specialist, and classroom teacher
  • Adjunct professor at Trinity University in Washington, D.C., and McDaniel College
  • Consultant in the areas of multicultural education, meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and effective strategies for English Language Learners

Gloria Rodriguez
  • Educational consultant specializing in educational solutions for the academic success of ELL students
  • Director of ELL programs for America's Choice/Pearson
  • Bilingual curriculum development and assistant principal, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
  • ESL/Bilingual coordinator, multiple programs, Oregon
  • Author, Teaching English Language Learners: A Guide for School Leaders, Teaching English Language Learners, Elementary and Teaching English Language Learners, Secondary
  • Co-author, training modules on ELL and the Common Core Standards and Teaching English Language Learners: A Guide for School Leaders for the National Institute of School Leaders, 2d ed. (NISL)


ELL Writers/Authors

Benaline O. Baluyot
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Licensed as a Reading Specialist, ESL program specialist, Elementary Education and English teacher, and K-12 principal
  • Nine years of K-12 classroom experience in urban schools and three years of ESL program administration experience

Stephanie Delgado
  • Master's degree, Bilingual Multicultural Education, Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Arts in French and Economics, University of Arizona
  • English as a Second Language teacher, eleven years in the Amphitheater School District, Tucson, AZ
  • English as a Second Language teacher in Yucatan, Mexico

Denise Heagle
  • Master's degree in TESOL, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • English as a Second Language teacher, nineteen years in public schools (Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, New York)
  • English as a Foreign Language teacher in Pusan, Korea
  • Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic

Lucedes Rubi McBroom
  • Master's degree in Bilingual and Multicultural Education and certificate in Educational Leadership
  • Bachelor's degrees in Journalism and English
  • Bilingual/ESL classroom teacher and Bilingual Resource teacher, ten years
  • Instructional coach and Title I coordinator at a school with a high population of English Language Learners, eight years
  • Certified teacher trainer for Sheltered English Immersion instruction and Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

Kessa Shipley
  • Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art, University of Michigan
  • Teacher Certification and Bilingual Certification, University of New Mexico
  • ESOL Endorsement, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
  • Bilingual teacher, Santa Fe Public Schools
  • ESOL teacher, Spanish Immersion Literacy Support and Classroom Teacher, Portland Public Schools

Kimberly Snyder
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature, University of Arizona
  • K-12 Reading Endorsement, Pima Community College
  • Secondary Teacher Certification, Pima Community College
  • Reading Intervention teacher
  • High School Spanish teacher
  • ESL kindergarten teacher, Guaymas, Mexico

Laura Snyder
  • Master's degree, Secondary Education, University of Phoenix
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • English Language Arts and Reading Intervention, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson, AZ
  • English Language Arts and AIMS Intervention, Sahuarita Unified School District, Tucson, AZ

Mamie Spillane
  • Master's degree, Bilingual Multicultural Education, Northern Arizona University
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Northern Arizona University
  • K-8 English as a Second Language teacher and instructional coach in the Amphitheater School District, Tucson, AZ
  • Teacher trainer and presenter, Arizona Educational Foundation
  • English as a Second Language Teacher in Guatemala and Vietnam

Cyndy Thatcher-Fettig
  • MAT TESOL, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT
  • Bachelor of Science, Education (ESL and Spanish): University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • TESL Certificate trainer (Duke University Continuing Studies)
  • K-12 ESL teacher, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Trainer of trainers (various fields) nationwide
  • Freelance author/editor (student textbooks, teacher resources, curriculum)

Laura Tully Zwickl
  • National Board Certified teacher (Early Childhood Generalist)
  • Classroom teacher working in an English as a Second Language inclusion setting
  • Instructional coach, mentored novice ESL teachers and provided professional development for teachers grades Pre K-5.


Translators

Dorothy V. A. Beaumont
  • Bachelor of Science degree: University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Secondary school mathematics teacher: UK
  • Diploma for teaching English to speakers of other languages, West Kent College
  • Diploma for teaching adults on the lifelong learning programme, West Kent College
  • Editor and proofreader for an Australian company that publishes a variety of books including many children's books

Maria Castillo
  • Bachelor’s in Child Development: Rio Hondo Community College, Whittier, CA
  • Bilingual Instructional Aide: Azusa Unified School District, Los Angeles County, CA

Carlos Ardissoni Díaz
  • Elementary school teacher, grade 4: Chile

Lorena F. Di Bello
  • English-Spanish translator, copyeditor, and proofreader (20 years)
  • ESL teacher (22 years)
  • Bachelors Degree in Spanish Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Advanced Certificate in Translation, Pima College, Tucson, Arizona

Normand Gauthier
  • Bell Canada subsidiary, Internet Planner Manager, Network Directions and Investments Group
  • Master’s, IS/IT (Maîtrise en technologies de l'Information)
  • Computer Lab Coordinator

Marie-France Leclerc
  • French Immersion Program
  • Teacher (14 years): Ontario, Canada
  • Program chair (2 years)
  • Lead Teacher
  • Bachelor's degree, translation
  • Owner and head translator, Say It Again Translation

Lidia Strong
  • Bachelor of Arts: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Multiple-Subject California Teaching Credential
  • Teacher, English and Spanish, grades 1, 2, 3, and 5

Valérie Suarès
  • University professor teaching pre-service and pre-credentialed teachers on how to integrate technology in their classrooms and their teaching practice
  • Senior linguistic editor for High Tech Companies working in French and English.
  • 20 years of teaching early childhood, elementary, middle school and high school in International schools, world-wide
  • Certificate in Translation and Interpretation, The National Hispanic University, San Jose, California
  • California Teaching Credential, San Jose, California
  • Certificates in Marketing Communications, Electronic Commerce, San Jose State University, San Jose, California
  • Masters Degree in Education, Instructional Technology
  • Credential Elementary and High School teacher, University of Paris, France
  • Certified Maria Montessori Early Childhood Educator
  • Bachelors Degree in Cross Cultural Education with emphasis on Early Childhood Education and Instructional Technology, Froebel Institute, London University, London, United Kingdom

Cecile Tailhardat
  • Independent Early Years and Primary Educational Materials Designer (French and English)
  • French Mother Tongue Development Program Teacher for Grades 1 and 2 (2 years)
  • Volunteer Teacher Assistant in an international school, India (2 years)
  • Certified Montessori Early Childhood Educator
  • Post-graduate degree in International Corporate Management and Business (France and UK)

Val Young
  • Teaching Certificate: United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Arts, European Humanities
  • Primary Teacher: England, Scotland, and Australia