We’ve decided to expand our team of co-authors this spring! It’s my pleasure to announce that Lisa Keeler and Melanie Meehan, two highly respected educators, will be writing for Two Writing Teachers as of this week. In case you don’t know Lisa and/or Melanie, here’s more about each of them:
Lisa Keeler is a third and fourth-grade reading and language arts teacher and the Writing Workshop Coordinator at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA. She began teaching nearly 30 years ago as an intern in a kindergarten classroom in Washington, D.C. and has taught preschool, first, third, and fourth grade over the years. In her current role, when not teaching readers, Lisa works alongside teachers and writers in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Lisa graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in American Studies and completed her M.Ed. at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997, shortly after her first child was born. She is a proud mom of two budding writers. She blogs at Reading, Writing, & Learning. You may follow Lisa on Twitter @rdgtchr13.
Melanie Meehan began her teaching career in 1992 as a special education teacher at a residential school for elementary students. After ten years at home raising her four daughters, Melanie returned to teaching special education in 2008 and has been the Elementary Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, CT since 2011. Melanie is a regular contributor to Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy.
Melanie holds a B.A from Cornell University, a Masters in Special Education from the University of Hartford, and her Sixth Year in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. In addition to writing professionally, Melanie loves to write narrative stories and is working on her Masters in Creative Writing, as well as several fictional stories. She has published articles in Highlights Magazine and recently won the 2016 Tassy-Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature. She shares a blog, Two Reflective Teachers, with Melanie Swider and can be found on Twitter @MelanieMeehan1.
I feel fortunate to have two more dedicated educators joining the #TWTBlog team. I’m confident we’ll all benefit from their expertise in the months and years to come. Please join me in welcoming Lisa and Melanie by leaving a comment below.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).