I bring over twenty years of teaching and staff development practice to my store here on TpT. Literacy has long been my passion. I have been lucky enough to work, train with and learn from some of the most widely recognized consultants in the country. I've been able to blend the writing instruction ideas of Penny Kittle, Kelly Gallagher and Ralph Fletcher into my personal brand of unique and highly effective lessons. I've taken lessons on annotating for reading comprehension by Cris Tovani and merged them with the close reading methods taught by Douglas Fisher. As a result, I've been able to take readers to deeper levels of comprehension than they ever thought possible. I'm also somewhat unique because I bring the experience from a parallel career in Journalism. I've written for newspapers, magazines and the internet covering topics as diverse as education, fitness and sports.
I believe in teaching literacy lessons through a gradual release of responsibility, modeling for students how to read and how to think. Then, I step back and monitor what they do independently. It's a simple model, but it works. When it comes to writing instruction, there is nothing more important than good models and mentor texts. When students write with a good mentor piece at their sides, they improve the voice, content and structure of their papers. They leave the class writing better and feeling better about themselves as writers.
Teacher of the Year 2001 Featured Presenter, Tech 2000 Conference in Atlantic City, 2000 Cherry Hill, New Jersey Barnes and Noble "My Favorite Teacher" contest honoree in 2014.
BA Communications with a Specialization in Journalism, Rowan University, 1988 Masters of Science in Education Rowan University, 1991
I have served as the editor of GolfStyles New Jersey Magazine since 2006. I use my writing experiences whenever possible in my lessons. I also work with two organizations, The College Funding Authority and The Future Stars Foundation, which help prepare high school students and their families for college.