About

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Stacey Shubitz

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 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).  She 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 in Instructor Magazine.  She is also on the editorial review board for The Language and Literacy Spectrum, the New York State Reading Association’s Journal.

Stacey resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.  She also blogs about literacy and parenting at Raising a Literate Human and Tweets @sshubitz.

If you’re interested in having Stacey speak at a conference or in your school district, then please contact Chandra Lowe at Stenhouse Publishers (clowe@stenhouse.com).  Chandra 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.

CO-AUTHORS

Betsy Hubbard

Betsy Hubbard

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.

Elizabeth Moore

Beth Moore

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.

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Dana Murphy

Dana Murphy is an Instructional Coach in Woodridge School District 68, located in the suburbs of Chicago.  After teaching in the classroom for nearly 10 years, Dana is embracing her current role as Instructional Coach in a K-6 building.  Dana holds both a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Governors State University in Illinois.  She also serves on the board of the local chapter of the Illinois Reading Council.  Dana resides in Illinois with her husband and two daughters.

In June 2015, we added two additional classroom teacher voices, Deb Frazier, and Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, to Two Writing Teachers. 

Deb Frazier

Deb Frazier

Deb Frazier is currently learning alongside first graders who love learning as much as she does in central Ohio. Prior to Deb’s current position Deb taught kindergarten, second-grade and students with special needs in a fourth and fifth-grade resource room. Deb also taught students with special needs in grades kindergarten through third grade in inclusive classrooms. Deb has lived in Okinawa, Japan and finds that this experience changed the way she views the world and broadened her thinking. Even today it continues to inspire who she is as a person and as an educator. Deb strives to help students understand the varying perspectives of others, to be accepting, and to learn about the person behind the one they see.  Deb is co-founder of Global Classroom. She 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.  Deb resides in central Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

Kathleen Sokolowski

Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

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, two new educators became part of Two Writing Teachers. Here are the newest members of our co-author team:

Lisa Keeler

Lisa Keeler

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

Melanie Meehan

Melanie Meehan began her teaching career in 1992 as a special education teacher at a residential school for elementary students. She learned about the writing workshop model, attended a week-long course given by Katie Wood Ray, and has been a believer ever since. 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 passionate about developing young writers, as well as human beings with curiosity, empathy, and responsibility for the world we all share. 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 shares a blog, Two Reflective Teachers, with Melanie Swider.

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 won the 2016 Tassy-Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature.  You can find her on Twitter @MelanieMeehan1.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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Anna Gratz Cockerille

Anna Gratz Cockerille is an editor for Heinemann Publishing. In addition, Anna blogs, writes for journals, and consults in schools. She lives with her family in New York City.

Anna has taught in K-8 classrooms all over the world in places such as Sydney, Australia; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and Auckland, New Zealand. Anna has been a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University (TCRWP) and an adjunct instructor for the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College. She frequently presents at TCRWP institutes, where she helps teachers and administrators learn balanced literacy and reading and writing workshop fundamentals. She also presents at national conferences, such as the National Council of Teachers of English and International Reading Association Conventions. Anna also conducts on-site staff development in schools, helping teachers hone their balanced literacy practices.
Anna co-wrote Bringing History to Life with Lucy Calkins, part of the 2013 series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann). She has been a researcher for Lucy Calkins, contributing especially to Pathways to the Common Core (Heinemann, 2012) and Navigating Nonfiction in the Reading Units of Study series (Heinemann, 2010). Anna is branching out into writing for children. Her article, “Different Voices”, about the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, 1963, appears in the October 2013 issue of Appleseeds magazine. Anna can also be found blogging at AnnaGCockerille Literacy and tweeting at @AnnaGCockerille.
If you’d like to get in touch with Anna regarding speaking, writing, or staff development for your organization, please email her directly at AnnaGCockerilleLiteracy [at] gmail [dot] com.