P.S. 171 in East Harlem, NY where I taught fifth grade. While teaching in New York, I obtained a second master's degree in Literacy Education from Columbia University's Teachers College, which allowed me to become a certified literacy specialist. In 2007, I relocated to New England where I taught fourth grade at The Learning Community in Central Falls, RI. Two years later, my husband's job took us to Pennsylvania. I decided to turn my passion for balanced literacy instruction into a career as a literacy consultant. Since 2009, I have worked as a literacy consultant with public and private schools around the country. In addition, I've taught graduate courses about the teaching of writing as an adjunct professor for Lesley University and Penn State - Harrisburg.
I'm the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse Publishers, 2010) and the author of Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016). I'm working on my third book for Stenhouse with Lynne Dorfman, which has a working title of WELCOME TO WRITING WORKSHOP (Anticipated Publication: Winter 2018/19). In addition, I am the Chief of Operations and the Lead Writer at Two Writing Teachers, a blog solely devoted to the teaching of writing.
I have presented at many local, state, and national conferences. I serve on the editorial review board for The Language and Literacy Spectrum, the New York State Reading Association's Journal. My professional memberships include NCTE and SCBWI. I am also a Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor.
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. I serve as a Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Silver Academy. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, and cooking.