TEACHING EXPERIENCE My 30 years of teaching experience have been at the elementary and middle school levels, teaching in self-contained classes at 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. At the 6th grade level, I taught in a team concept and later taught 8th grade language arts at the middle school level. In addition to my teaching, I was involved with my local and state reading organizations holding positions within those organizations and also served as a state coordinator to the International Reading Association. I taught in a district where one of our teaching strategies was cooperative learning. As a result I authored two books, Cooperative Learning for Language Arts, Grades 7-12, Book 1 and Book 2, available online at Kagan Publishing.