Stacey Shubitz is the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers. She is a certified literacy specialist and a former classroom teacher who taught fifth grade at P.S. 171 in East Harlem, NY and fourth grade at The Learning Community in Central Falls, RI. In 2009, Stacey turned her passion for supporting teachers with balanced literacy instruction into a career as a literacy consultant based in Central Pennsylvania. In addition, Stacey works as an adjunct professor. She has taught graduate courses at Lesley University and Penn State – Harrisburg.
Stacey is the co-author of Jump Into Writing: A Workshop Approach (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), the co-author of Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model that Works (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), the author of Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016), and the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse Publishers, 2010). Stacey has a M.A. in Literacy Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a M.S.Ed. in Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City of New York. A Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor, Stacey presents at local, state, and national conferences and has published articles published for a variety of publications.
If you’re interested in having Stacey speak at a conference or in your school district, then please contact Noele Faccidomo, NFaccidomo[at]sde[dot]com, at Stenhouse Publishers/Staff Development for Educators. Noele can provide you with more information regarding speaking engagements. You may also e-mail Stacey directly at stacey[at]staceyshubitz[dot]com.
In 2007, Stacey co-founded Two Writing Teachers with Ruth Ayres, a widely-followed blog solely devoted to the teaching of writing. In September 2013, when Ruth stepped away from the blog, Stacey gathered a dynamic team of co-authors and re-launched with new voices, all dedicated to maintaining the blog’s original mission.
Betsy Hubbard has experience in education spanning a lifetime. Growing up in northern Michigan surrounded by a family of educators and working early on in her college career with seasoned preschool educators helped build her solid foundation in early childhood practices. Betsy’s passion for working with families of young children continued after graduation when she became a proud public school teacher in the fall of 2001. She acknowledges that everyone has a story to share and a voice to tell it. Betsy’s primary goal as an educator is to foster writers of all ages and engage them in finding their writing process.
Betsy teaches in a small rural community and continues to reside in Michigan with her husband and two children. She values her colleagues within her school district, the tremendous collaboration within the Two Writing Teachers community, and the enormous network of educators who share their voices and philosophies on education in a changing world.
Betsy is a poetry advocate and the creator of Chalkabration and Facebook Collaborative Poetry. Each encourages the sharing and celebration of poetry. She can be found writing Slice of Life Stories at I’m Living My Words, tweeting @Betsy_writes, and, when possible, sipping coffee with a new notebook in hand.
Beth Moore has over a decade of experience working as a national literacy consultant for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University. This work has taken her into K-8 classrooms all over the country to support teachers and administrators with reading workshop, writing workshop, and all aspects of a balanced literacy curriculum. She has been a contributing author to many TCRWP resources, including the Running Records Assessments, the Curriculum Calendars, the Learning Progressions for Writing, and the Performance Assessments for Reading and Writing.
Beth began her teaching career as a first-grade teacher in Orange, MA and then was a fifth-grade teacher in Newtown, CT. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught numerous graduate courses at Columbia University and presents at conferences around the country.
Beth coauthored the book How-To Writing: Writing to Teach Others with Lucy Calkins and Laurie Pessah as part of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann, 2013). Recently she coauthored with Lucy Calkins the book If…Then…Assessment-Based Curriculum, K-2, part of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Heinemann, 2015).
Beth and her family live in the mountains of northern Vermont, not far from where she grew up. She currently works as a district literacy consultant, graduate course instructor, writer, and editor.
If you are interested in having Beth come to your school for a speaking engagement or to work with your teachers, or if you are interested in scheduling her to speak at a conference, please contact her directly at beth [at] elizabethmoore [dot] work.
In June 2015, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski joined the Two Writing Teachers co-author team.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski is a third-grade teacher at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School in Farmingdale, NY. Certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Literacy Studies, Kathleen has experience in general and special education, previously working with sixth grade and kindergarten. One of the co-directors of the Long Island Writing Project, Kathleen has facilitated the Summer Institute, book clubs, workshops, and writing retreats for teachers. She is a wife and mother, residing in Wantagh, New York. Kathleen shares stories from the classroom and life at her blog, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, and tweets @MrsSokolowski. She is thrilled to be part of the Two Writing Teachers community, where so much collegial conversation and sharing leads to inspiration in the classroom.
In May 2016, Melanie Meehan became part of the Two Writing Teachers co-author team.
Melanie Meehan is the Elementary Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, CT, and is passionate about developing young writers, as well as human beings with curiosity, empathy, and responsibility for the world. Melanie was a member of the writing team for the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks, and is passionate about equity and social justice. She slices at Just Write, Melanie. Melanie’s first professional book, Every Child Can Write: Entry Points, Bridges and Pathways for Striving Writers, was published in October 2019 by Corwin Press. The Responsive Writing Teacher: A Hands-on Guide to Child-Centered, Equitable Instruction, co-written with Kelsey Sorum, will be published in February 2021.
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. Additionally, she has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Solstice Low-Residency Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. She has published articles in Highlights Magazine, and won the 2016 Tassy-Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature. You can find her on Twitter @MelanieMeehan1.
In June 2020, Amy transitioned to the role of co-author from contributing writer.
Amy Ellerman began her teaching career with over a decade in grades K-2. She feels a kinship with other educators who fully appreciate (and expect) the amazing thinking and writing work that our youngest writers can (and deserve to) do. Writing workshop quickly became the heartbeat of her classroom, her practice, and her ongoing professional curiosity. For the past several years, Amy has worked side by side with teachers and kids as the Instructional Coach at Maple Grove Elementary in Golden, Colorado. She loves the opportunity to teach and learn at all grade levels, K-5, and she values the community’s willingness to collaborate and innovate. The work is complex and rewarding, and she feels so fortunate to be a part of it.
Early in her career, Amy spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching English as a Foreign Language to university students in Ukraine. She returned home with a deep appreciation for cultural differences, travel, and the passionate intensity that American educators feel for their work.
Amy works as a Teacher Consultant with Colorado Writing Project, and she is a Past President of CCIRA, an independent, non-profit literacy organization in Colorado. She is deeply committed to supporting the learning of fellow educators, believing all teachers deserve to be part of dynamic, professional communities.
A lifelong writer, Amy always has a number of projects in the works—blog posts, a YA novel, the germinating seeds of a professional book. She is currently working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts (you know, just for fun).
In 2019, we added two contributing writers, Amy Ellerman (above) and Therapi Zaw-Kaplan. Therapi has decided to continue as a contributing writer on our team. She posts several times each year.
Therapi Zaw-Kaplan has 19 years of teaching experience in Walnut Valley Unified School District. Walnut Valley Unified is located in Walnut, California. She has taught 2nd grade – 5th grade, with most of them teaching 4th grade. Next year, Therapi will transition into a coaching role. It is here where she discovered her passion for developing her students’ writing. She believes our students have so much to teach us about the importance of listening during the writing process, and that when we listen intently to our students, it opens up a beautiful relationship between teacher and student. Ultimately, their writing begins to flourish because they are in a space to be heard. She instills in her students that the magic of writing lives inside of all of them.
Therapi has played a critical role in the implementation of writing workshop in her school district. She provides professional development workshops for teachers during the school year and hosts homegrown writing institutes in the summer. She attends TCRWP summer writing and has participated in their Coaching Institute on Writing. In 2016, Therapi worked as a contributor to ELD Toolkit for the Units of Study kits with Heinemann. In addition, she has collaborated with senior staff developer, Katie Clements on a literary essay project. This project entailed crafting essays that were used as mentor literary essays for students. She feels fortunate to have contributed and collaborated with TCRWP.
She has her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly, Pomona and earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cal State Fullerton. She also holds a Reading and Literacy Authorization certificate from the University of Southern California and is Tier 1 Project GLAD certified.
In the Spring of 2021, Nawal Qarooni Casiano and Lainie Levin joined the team as contributing writers.
Nawal is an educator, literacy consultant and writer based out of Chicago, IL. Forever passionate about growing readers, writers and thinkers, Nawal worked as a classroom teacher, literacy coach and curriculum developer in Brooklyn and Chicago before launching NQC Literacy in 2014. She and her team support schools and districts by facilitating professional development and coaching around a holistic, balanced approach to literacy instruction: always looking through lenses of cultural-sustainability, inclusion and equity.
Nawal earned a Bachelor of English from the University of Michigan, a Master of Teaching from Brooklyn College, and a Master of Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Nawal was a newspaper and magazine reporter and writer prior to teaching. She won a New Jersey Press Association Award for her international reporting and transitioned into education as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She is the proud daughter of immigrants and her role as a mother to four multiethnic, multilingual kids shapes her approach as an educator. You can find Nawal in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood or on Twitter at @NQCLiteracy. She can be contacted directly for speaking, writing, and coaching engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lainie Levin, a 26-year teaching veteran, is a fierce advocate for children, for public schools, and for all things learning. Lainie holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois, and two Masters degrees from Concordia University – one in School Leadership, the other in Curriculum and Instruction. She started out in the classroom in Sterling, Virginia and then taught in Brighton, Michigan. After a move to the Chicago suburbs, Lainie served as a gifted interventionist and coach in language arts and math. Lainie is now a language arts specialist serving the needs of gifted/talented elementary school students, and she finds it amazing that a job like hers exists in this world.
Inspired by the fearlessness of her students, Lainie is passionate about teaching children to see themselves as writers. She pushes them to trust in the power of their voices as they seek to make sense of the world and their place in it. Lainie credits the Slice of Life community for teaching her that the best way to bring joy to writing instruction is to engage in writing herself.
Lainie is also a lifelong storyteller who shares “stories to tickle the funny bone and touch the heart.” She has given performances and workshops to a wide range of audiences across the country. Her work with fellow teller Yvonne Healy on using storytelling to connect generations and foster love for writing is featured in The Storytelling Classroom, edited by Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, and Dianne Williams.