I was a teacher for 15 years before I left the classroom to work full-time as a freelance educational writer and editor. I have now been working in the field of instructional design for a decade. During that time, I have written or co-authored more than 80 titles. Some of the materials I have written have won major educational awards, and I have worked on projects published in conjunction with such well-known publishers as TIME For Kids and World Almanac for Kids.
I believe in doing what works! Word Wise works for all students: Your gifted kids will improve their reading skills; your average kids will improve their reading and spelling skills; your ELL and struggling students will improve their reading and spelling skills. But don't take my word for it--try it for yourself: download the first five lessons FREE at www.geocities.com/syllablesense Once you try it, you too will be convinced that this really works. Make your students Word Wise!
Award-Winning Publications I Have Written Â· The Liberty Bell: Saving the Sound of Freedom; The Declaration of Independence: Fourteen Hundred Words of Freedom; Work or Starve: Captain John Smith and the Jamestown Colony, 1607-1609; and Friends and Foes: The Powhatan Indians and the Jamestown Colony, 1609-1622 (these titles are part of Building Fluency Through Reader's Theater: My Country), 2006, Teacher Created Materials Publishing. This series won the Association of Educational Publishers' Distinguished Achievement Award 2007 and Learning Magazine's Teacher's Choice Award for 2008. Â· TIME for Kids Exploring Writing (contributing author for Grades 1-4 and Secondary level), 2006, Teacher Created Materials Publishing. This series won Learning Magazineâ€™s Teacherâ€™s Choice Award 2007. Â· Time for Kids Exploring Nonfiction: Reading in the Content Areas (contributing author for Grades 2 & 3), 2001, Teacher Created Materials Publishing. This series won Learning Magazineâ€™s Teacherâ€™s Choice Award 2003. Â· Write TIME for Kids (contributing author for Levels K & 1), 2000, Teacher Created Materials Publishing. This series won the 2001 Golden Lamp Award and Learning Magazineâ€™s Teacherâ€™s Choice Award 2000.
I hold a master's degree in reading and business education from Nazareth College of Rochester.
I live in beautiful upstate New York with my husband and four dogs. I have three adult children.