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 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 Leah Coombs, lcoombs[at]sde[dot]com, at Stenhouse Publishers/Staff Development for Educators. Leah 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 is a certified early childhood educator. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2001. Her teaching career began in Kalamazoo, MI with preschool and kindergarten students. She has continued to teach early and elementary levels in Michigan. She is a poetry advocate and hopes more educators will share their poetry appreciation with their students. Betsy is the creator of Chalk-A-Bration, a monthly celebration of poetry and poem illustrations using chalk. She loves music, running and blowing on dandelions. Betsy can be found at I Think in Poems, Teaching Young Writers, and on Twitter @Betsy_writes.
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. She is a regular contributor to Choice Literacy and Lead Literacy, was a member of the writing team for the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks, and she slices at Just Write, Melanie. Her professional book, Every Child Can Write: Entry Points, Bridges and Pathways for Striving Writers, was published in October 2019 by Corwin Press.
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 February 2017, we added a middle school voice to our co-author team.
Lanny Ball is a certified reading consultant and reading specialist, as well as a former classroom teacher. For fifteen years, Lanny taught English Language Arts to seventh and eighth graders in both Oregon and Connecticut. In 2009, Lanny left the classroom to become a literacy coach and eventually a national staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University in New York City. Lanny holds an M.A.T. from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, as well as degrees in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts and Reading Consultancy, both from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Lanny has taught graduate courses at Portland State University, where he is an adjunct professor.
After growing up an Oregonian, Lanny and his wife now reside in Northwestern Connecticut with their three daughters. He truly enjoys being a dad, as well as playing the piano in his band. Currently, he works as a reading consultant and literacy specialist for Region 15 Schools in Middlebury/Southbury where he continues to support teachers and students in literacy. He also blogs about supporting middle school readers and writers at home at lannyball.com. You can find Lanny on Twitter at @LannyBall.
In April 2018, we added a primary teacher to our team.
Kelsey Sorum is certified in early childhood and childhood education. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Edgewood College. Kelsey taught first grade in Sun Prairie, WI, and now teaches Kindergarten at a TCRWP model literacy school in New York City. Kelsey helps each of her students identify as writers, rely on writing for many purposes, and find joy in writing – while keeping inquiry, choice, inclusion, and play at the center.
Kelsey built a strong foundation and passion for balanced literacy, thanks to an unparalleled mentorship with her first literacy coach and a home-grown TCRWP Summer Institute. Kelsey knew she had to be closer to the Project and progressive teaching in NYC. Since moving to New York, Kelsey has worked closely with staff developers, consultants, and authors. She frequently attends institutes and workshops with TCRWP and Bank Street College of Education. Kelsey’s classroom is featured in Kids 1st From Day 1, by Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz.
Kelsey resides in Brooklyn with her husband, dog, cat, and a large collection of tropical plants and succulents. She writes about child-centered teaching at http://smallsteps.blog and Tweets @kelsey_sorum.
In 2019, we added an EAL Teacher as a co-author.
Marina Rodriguez is a fourth grade dual language arts teacher in Texas. She has been teaching fourth grade language arts, in Spanish and English, for over thirteen years. She has an Associate in Liberal Arts degree from East Los Angeles College and a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University. From 2014 to 2017, she served as a volunteer Education Liaison for a non-profit focused on culture, education, and the arts, awarding scholarships for college students and adults continuing higher education. In 2017, she became a National Writing Project, Heart of Texas Writing Project Teacher Consultant, from the University of Texas at Austin.
Marina is bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. She is currently the only bilingual Writing Project teacher consultant in her school district. Together with six other Heart of Texas Writing Project teacher consultants, she helps lead CSISD Writing Project. She presents annually at UT Austin’s Writing Project Saturday Workshops and ESC 6 Bilingual/ESL Summer Conferences.
In 2016, Marina joined the writing group, Let’s Write, where she learns from an eclectic and inspiring group of writers, authors, and leaders of literacy. In January of 2017, she entered the world of blogging with her students. Together, they discovered the impact of developing 21st Century Skills. She is humbled to learn, grow, and lead two after school writing clubs called Hour of Blog. In 2018, she became a Kidblog Ambassador.
Marina lives in Texas with her husband and sons. She blogs about what happens in her classroom, exploring new learning, and growing at Marina’s Blog (marinarodz.com). You can follow her on Twitter at @mrodz308.
Also in 2019, we added two contributing writers, who will post a few times per year, to our team.
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 eight 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 is involved in literacy leadership at the state level, currently finishing up year three of four in the presidential line of CCIRA, an independent, non-profit literacy organization in Colorado. Amy served as CCIRA’s Conference Chair in 2018—Literacy Renaissance: Invention, Intention, and Close Study—one of the most challenging and hands down best things she has ever experienced. She is deeply committed to supporting the learning of fellow educators, believing all teachers deserve to be part of dynamic, professional communities.
This summer, Amy will be joining the team at Colorado Writing Project. A lifelong writer, Amy always has a number of projects in the works—blog posts, her YA novel (a long-time WIP), the germinating seeds of a professional book. You can find Amy on Twitter @sanderling12 and on her blog, Running to School.
Therapi Zaw-Kaplan has 18 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.
Therapi and her husband have one daughter who attends the school she teaches. They live in Chino, California with an extensive collection of books. She is always on the look-out for a new book to read. As a family, they enjoy hiking local trailheads, but frequent Torrey Pines State Reserve in San Diego often. You may find Therapi on Twitter at @tgkaplan21.
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