Nearly two years after I relaunched this blog with five co-authors, we’ve expanded our team! It’s my pleasure to announce the names of the two classroom teachers who will start blogging with us in August.
- Deb Frazier
- Kathleen Sokolowski
Here’s a bit about each of these incredible educators:
Deb is currently learning alongside first graders who love learning as much as she does in the Hilliard City Schools where she’s been teaching for 23 years. Prior to Deb’s current position, she taught kindergarten, second grade and students with special needs in a fourth and fifth-grade resource room. She is certified as an early childhood educator (K-3). Deb graduated from Ohio Dominican Univeristy with a bachelor’s in the education of handicapped K-12 and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
She resides in central Ohio with her husband, Tim, who she’s been married to for 32 years. Deb has two daughters, one is a senior in college and the other will begin her freshman year in college this fall. In her spare time, Deb enjoys going to the beach, visiting big cities, eating out, shopping, reading and playing with tech gadgets!
Deb allows her young writers to make choices about their process as a writer, the tools they use and how (or if) they will share their writing builds ownership in writing. She believes ownership in writing creates writers who write not for teachers, not for schools, but for themselves.
Deb blogs about teaching at Primary Perspective and tweets @Deb_Frazier. Deb and her students find digital tools have become their hands into the world. They blog at Behind The Scenes in First Grade and tweet @Frazier1st.
Kathleen is is living her dream of being a teacher. She is a third-grade teacher at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School in Farmingdale, NY. Kathleen has experience in general and special education, previously working with sixth grade and kindergarten. She is certified in elementary education, special education, and literacy studies. Kathleen holds a B.S. in psychology from Molly College and a M.S. in Literacy Studies from Hofstra University. A teacher-consultant for the Long Island Writing Project, Kathleen has facilitated the Summer Institute, book clubs, workshops, and writing retreats for teachers.
2009 was a year of excitement as Kathleen got married and became a homeowner to a house with built-in bookshelves! Kathleen has two young children. She loves taking family adventures to the farm, the beach, the playground, the park, the library and the children’s museum. Kathleen and her family reside in Wantagh, NY.
C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know that we are not alone.” Kathleen believes that about writing: we write to connect, share our stories, and to not be so alone with our thoughts and feelings. Kathleen loves teaching her young writers that their stories are worth telling and sharing with the world. She is just thrilled to be joining the conversation at Two Writing Teachers.
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There may be eight, not two, of us now, but you can still expect many things to stay the same here at TWT:
- You’ll still be able to locate this blog by pointing your browser to https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com.
- The Slice of Life Story Challenge will continue to be hosted here every Tuesday year-round and for all 31 days of March.
- The Writing Teachers will continue to be a place:
- For teachers to be fueled with a passion for teaching, writing, and living.
- For teachers to see the latest in research and ways to apply it in their classrooms.
- For us to “practice what we preach” by sharing our own writing.
- To bring writing teachers together to share ideas and stretch each other’s thinking.
- To reflect on our teaching — celebrating when it goes well and working it out when it doesn’t.
Please leave a comment to give Deb Frazier and Kathleen Sokolowski a warm welcome.