Teacher Created Materials offers a wide range of professional formats that include critical topics, sought after presenters, and rich, practical content. We embed best practices with hands-on application to ensure a sustainable model.


Meet Our Presenters

  • Jamey Acosta is a mother of two girls and currently serves as a reading specialist for Upland Elementary, a Title 1 school in Upland, California where she is able to focus on her passion of growing lifelong love of literacy in her students. In her reading specialist role, she works predominantly with English language learners and struggling readers and writers, grades K–6. Additionally, Jamey serves as an education consultant with Teacher Created Materials specializing in presenting, speaking, and training. Ms. Acosta’s experience is supported by a strong educational background. Ms. Acosta holds a Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies, Literacy Option and California Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in 2001 from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Master of Science in Education, Literacy and Reading, Reading Specialist from California State University, Fullerton.

    Jamey Acosta, M.S.Ed.

  • Don Balka, Professor Emeritus in the Mathematics Department at Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame in Indiana, is a former mathematics teacher. Don taught high school for several years and has presented over 2000 workshops in 48 states and 15 countries and is the author of numerous books and articles.

    Don Balka, Ph.D.

  • Kelley Beall is currently a district resource teacher/master trainer for Hillsborough County School District in Tampa, Florida where she develops and delivers professional trainings throughout the district. Kelley has over ten years of classroom experience and has extensive experience training and collaborating with teachers to ensure the highest level of student achievement.

    Kelley Beall, M.B.A.

  • Jordana Benone, is currently teaching in Redondo Beach, California. She has spent 17 years in the classroom teaching all levels of students with a specialty in subjects to include theatre arts, stage production, and ELL development. In addition to her role as a teacher, Jordana is also an academic officer for Teacher Created Materials, where she provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts, teachers, and educational trainers. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, as well as Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration from Concordia University.

    Jordana Benone, M.Ed.

  • Claudia Bermúdez has 20 years of experience in the field of education. She has held various positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District including teacher, literacy coach, bilingual coordinator, district EL expert, assistant principal, and principal. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Claremont Graduate University conducting research on highly effective teachers of traditionally underserved populations. As an educational consultant for TCM, she focuses on long term English learners, ELD, cross-curricular education, and academic English.

    Claudia Bermúdez, Ph.D.

  • Vivian Bernstein is an author, educational consultant, and speaker. Her books are used in supplementary programs for English language Learners (ELLs), adult education, and Response to Intervention (RTI). As a consultant, Vivian has conducted professional development workshops to improve the teaching and reading with many school districts. She has also presented sessions at the national conferences for the International Literacy Association and the National Council for Social Studies.

    Vivian Bernstein, M.A.

  • Sonja Bloetner, Pre-K - 12 Supervisor of the Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs in the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), is a fourteen-year veteran in public education. In her role as the ESOL supervisor, she has coordinated and supervised the work of instructional specialists who are developing assessments and curriculum resources and has provided instructional support and professional development to school staff, including ESOL teachers, content teachers, and administrators at all levels. Sonja has developed ESOL curriculum guides that were published in MCPS and has published poetry in various literary journals.

    Sonja Bloetner, M.A.

  • Donna Boucher has been an educator for more than 20 years, with 16 years of elementary classroom experience. As a campus-based mathematics instructional coach, she found a passion for early numeracy and worked with K-2 teachers to take the mystery out of teaching math. Donna now serves as a K-5 math interventionist, putting theory into practice on a daily basis. She has spoken at numerous state and national conferences, and through her blog, Math Coach’s Corner, she is able to share her love for math with a worldwide audience.

    Donna Boucher

  • Emily Bourgeois, Instructional Technology Specialist at Pasadena Independent School District in Pasadena, Texas, is responsible for supervising 11 elementary instructional technology liaisons in the district, integrating technology in classrooms at the K-8 grade level, and supporting the district’s professional development, curriculum, and electronic evaluation system. Emily’s content-area expertise in the integration of technology applications into all subjects (K-8), with an emphasis on social studies, English language arts, and reading.

    Emily Bourgeois, M.Ed.

  • Erica Bowers, Associate Professor at the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton, is the director of the Hazel Miller Croy Reading Center and teaches graduate courses, including clinical courses and leadership/professional development courses in reading. She has published articles on academic English, English language learners, and motivation. Her main areas of research are English language learners and writing.

    Erica Bowers, Ed.D.

  • Danny Brassell is an educational consultant and author. A former teacher, Danny is a popular national presenter who speaks on topics ranging from literacy to motivation. He has written numerous articles for academic journals, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and book chapters. He co-authored Comprehension That Works with Timothy Rasinski, as well as The Reading Makeover and wrote A Baker’s Dozen of Lessons Learned from the Teaching Trenches and Bringing Joy Back into the Classroom.

    Danny Brassell, Ph.D.

  • Heather Brooke currently serves as an Academic Officer at Teacher Created Materials, where she provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts, teachers, and educational trainers. In particular, Ms. Brooke has worked extensively with the Explor-eBook platform, creating training materials and conducting multiple professional developments for educators. Heather spent ten years in the classroom teaching all levels of secondary social science, including AP psychology, regular and sheltered ELL world history and U.S. history, and a reading & writing workshop class. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she was also the assistant director of student activities, the AP/GATE coordinator, and served in a TOSA position as her school’s Attendance Advocate. Ms. Brooke was the 2015 recipient of the North High Axe & Sword Award, an honor given to her by her colleagues for her positive impact on both the students and overall school climate. In 2011, she received the Torrance Unified School District "Difference Maker" award for her work with North High School’s diverse student population. Heather’s experience is enhanced by her graduate work in education. After getting her BA in International Business from Loyola Marymount University, Ms. Brooke worked for a short time and then went to California State University, Dominguez Hills to get her teaching credential in Social Science. In 2012, Ms. Brooke received her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University in Irvine. Her action research project in this graduate program, The Effect of Increasing Access to College and Career Guidance on Hispanic Students' Academic Success, led to the implementation of a support group specifically focused on increasing the educational opportunities for her school’s Hispanic student population, as well as an increase in membership of the Hispanic Culture Club.

    Heather Brooke, M.A.

  • Colene Van Brunt is currently a math coach at Lopez Elementary in Seffner, FL and an educational consultant for Teacher Created Materials. In addition to being a school-wide coach, Ms. Van Brunt is a district trainer where she delivers courses that focus on planning and differentiation in grades K-12, as well as induction courses for new teachers. Ms. Van Brunt's content-area expertise is mainly in primary literacy and K-5 mathematics and science. She is certified in all subjects K-9 and ESOL endorsed. Ms. Van Brunt's educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration. Between her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master's of Science, Ms. Van Brunt attended the State College of Florida where she completed their Educator Preparation Institute and earned her professional teaching certificate.

    Colene Van Brunt, M.S. Ed.

  • Mary Buck, Educational Consultant for Teacher Created Materials, provides job-embedded professional development, modeling, and consulting for teachers, school administrators, and district personnel. Ms. Buck has taught mathematics in the middle grades and high school; served as a curriculum support specialist in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, Division of Mathematics; and was a middle school assistant principal. She holds a Master of Science in School Administration as well as a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction.

    Mary Buck, M.Ed.

  • Pam Cadena, Teacher on Special Assignment, Technology Integration in Redondo Beach Unified School District, in Redondo Beach, California, has been an elementary classroom teacher for over 17 years where she taught mathematics and language arts as well as acted as the Gifted and Talented (GATE) specialist for her school. Ms. Cadena has held a variety of positions within her school district and is a member of several professional organizations such as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

    Pam Cadena, M.A.

  • Lisa Callahan, Educational Consultant for Teacher Created Materials, provides professional development training for teachers across the country. Lisa has twenty years of experience in the educational field. She completed her years in public education as the director of K-12 literacy for Community Unit School District 200 in Wheaton, Illinois. Prior to being an administrator, Lisa was a third grade teacher, Title I teacher, reading specialist, and curriculum leader and served on many school improvement committees.

    Lisa Callahan, M.A.

  • Mary Ann Cappiello, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, teaches courses in content literacy and children’s literature. Dr. Cappiello is a regular presenter at the national and regional levels, she blogs about children’s books, and has been a guest on public radio.

    Mary Ann Capiello, Ed.D.

  • Marva Cappello currently serves as a tenured and full professor of teacher education at San Diego State University, California, where she teaches credential, masters, and doctoral level courses in literacy and education research methods. Dr. Cappello is also the graduate advisor for all of the university reading programs including the Reading and Literacy Added Authorization, Reading and Literacy Leadership Credential, and M.A. programs. Marva is the director of the Center for Visual Literacies, which focuses on improving student learning through visually integrated teaching practices and exploring the potential of visuals as data and for data analysis in qualitative inquiry. Dr. Cappello’s extensive professional experience is supported with a solid educational background. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, where she holds a minor in literature. After receiving her BFA, she earned her M.S. in Education in Elementary Education, Concentration on Reading from the City University of New York, Hunter College and lastly earned her Ph.D. in Education in Language, Literacy, and Learning from the University of Southern California.

    Marva Cappello, Ph.D.

  • Kim Carlton currently serves as an academic officer for Teacher Created Materials where she works with teachers in a variety of areas including balanced literacy and writing instruction to foster her passion to help teachers infuse reading and writing instruction into their daily teaching. In this role, Ms. Carlton provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for districts, teachers, and educational trainers. Ms. Carlton is a Gold-Level Abydos Writing Project Trainer where she has conducted 15 summer writing institutes for teachers and holds exclusive memberships with the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Ms Carlton’s extensive background also includes being awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year, 2005 and published in Teacher Magazine "A 'La Carte".

    Kim Carlton, M.Ed.

  • Lakenna Chitman-Booker has worked for the Memphis City Schools System since 2007, teaching sixth through eighth grade mathematics and science courses. During this time Lakenna has been a grade-level chairperson, science department chair, content-area literacy demonstration classroom teacher, teacher presenter, majorette sponsor, and much more. Lakenna is the co-author of The 5E’s of Inquiry-Based Science.

    Lakenna Chitman-Booker, M.A.Ed.

  • Sally Creel, Science Supervisor for Cobb County Schools in Georgia, has spent the last 16 years as an educator and science administrator working with teachers and K-12 students. Sally also works as a professional development consultant for several organizations including the Georgia Department of Education, Kennesaw State University, Teacher Created Materials, and various MSP grants.

    Sally Creel, M.Ed.

  • Erika Thulin Dawes, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, teaches courses in the teaching of writing, reading methods, and children’s literature. Her scholarly interests include social contexts for literacy learning, early childhood and family literacy, and children’s literature in the classroom.

    Erika Thulin Dawes, Ed.D.

  • Gregory Denman is an instructor at Lesley University and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has written many professional books and articles as well as presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers around the United States and Canada. He focuses on helping schools align their instructional practices with the Common Core and other state standards. Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Denman spent 11 years as a school teacher.

    Gregory Denman, M.A.

  • Trisha DiFazio is an adjunct professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). Ms. DiFazio is also an education consultant for Teacher Created Materials (TCM) and has extensive experience in providing dynamic professional development across the content areas to educators throughout the country. In addition to providing professional development training, Trisha was a contributing author for TCM's Language Power series and designed the assessments for this series. Trisha also works as a consultant on a TV series aimed at teaching English to viewers of all ages. Ms. DiFazio is an active member on the USC Reading Advisory council. Ms. DiFazio's experience is supported by a strong educational background. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Lake Forest College with a double concentration in English and Spanish. Additionally, she earned a Master's Degree in Education from National Louis University, an ESL Endorsement from Dominican University, as well as a TEFL Certification from the International Teaching Center in Madrid, Spain.

    Trisha DiFazio, M.A.

  • Lisa Donovan is an Associate Professor of Education and former director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. A theater artist, educator, and researcher, she has taught internationally in Japan and Israel and throughout the United States. Her research interests include the impact of arts integration in education, and the role of arts in developing a sense of voice and identity.

    Lisa Donovan, Ph.D.

  • Carmen Zuñiga Dunlap is an educational consultant and author. Previously, Carmen served as a professor and an administrator in the College of Education at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) for 25 years. While a faculty member at CSUF, her area of research and expertise focused on language and literacy development for English learners.

    Carmen Dunlap, Ph.D.

  • Dr. Jared DuPree has been a high school principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) since 2014. Dr. DuPree’s area of expertise is in the field of mathematics. Previously, Dr. DuPree was a high school mathematics teacher and mathematics coach for 12 years. He holds a Doctorate in Education from USC, a Master’s of Arts in Education Leadership from California State University-Northridge, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. His doctoral research focused on district-level strategies that impact student outcomes in algebra.

    Jared DuPree, Ed.D.

  • Valerie Ellery has served the field of education for more than 25 years as a National Board Certified Teacher, curriculum specialist, mentor, literacy coach, staff developer, and award-winning international author and consultant. Valerie has published many books, curriculums, and staff-development video series to empower educators to create literacy reform globally.

    Valerie Ellery, M.A.Ed., NBCT

  • Emily Engle is a grade 6 English and social studies teacher in Redlands Unified School District as well as the teacher/advisor for a student mentoring program. Prior to teaching, Emily worked at Teacher Created Materials as an editor and series developer, Education Division coordinator for professional development and special projects in addition to working on a number of curriculum resources, including early childhood, language arts, and mathematics. Emily has also had the opportunity to work on special project-related technology integration and custom curriculum products. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education, emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.

    Emily Engle, M.A., Ed.

  • Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D., is professor emeritus from The Ohio State University, Department of Teaching and Learning. She holds a master of science in Reading Supervision/Specialist and a doctor of philosophy in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She has taught elementary school, adult literacy, and literacy methods courses, and has authored and edited many articles, books, and teacher resources.

    Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D.

  • Richard Gentry is nationally recognized for his work in spelling, phase theory, beginning reading and writing, and teaching literacy in elementary school. A former university professor and elementary school teacher, his most recent book is Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write - From Baby to Age 7. Other books include topics such as beginning reading and writing, assessment, and spelling. He also blogs for Psychology Today magazine. Richard has spoken at state and national conferences and has provided teachers with inspiring strategies to use in their classroom.

    Richard Gentry, Ph.D.

  • Karie Gladis is an educational consultant who has extensive professional development training experiences with administrators and teachers across all content areas. Karie is the author and editor of several mathematics and language development resources. During the course of her teaching career, she taught multiple subjects for fifth and sixth grade. Karie received her Master’s in Urban Education with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language.

    Karie Gladis, M.S.Ed.

  • Linda Gojak, Director for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology at John Carroll University, is a leader in mathematics education and has taught mathematics at various grade levels for over 35 years. She has served as president of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

    Linda Gojak, M.A.Ed.

  • Judith Goodman is currently an education consultant for Teacher Created Materials where she provides teachers and administrators nationally with high-quality professional development trainings, covering all content areas and grade spans. Additionally, Ms. Goodman is the author of Strategies for Interactive Notetaking, published by Shell Education. Ms. Goodman has spent over 30 years in education, spending the majority of that time in the classroom teaching all levels of students across multiple content areas. Ms. Goodman’s extensive experience is supported by a strong educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Houston, followed by a Master of Science in Education Administration from University of Houston, Clear Lake.

    Judith Goodman, M.Ed.

  • Janet Hale currently serves as a curriculum mapping and curriculum design consultant, trainer, and coach for numerous schools, districts, and dioceses. She is also an educational consultant for Teacher Created Materials (TCM) where she provides high-quality professional development across all content areas and grade spans. Additionally, she presents at national and international conferences, for which she focuses on a variety of topics ranging from aligning state standards to multiple courses of study to building students' reading and writing skills. She also assists non-profit and for-profit organizations in analyzing and improving standards-aligned curriculum and instructional resources, as well as develop units of study and instructional lessons specific to an organization's or company's curricular needs. Ms. Hale has been involved in education for 35+ years. She has been a special-education high school teacher, and a general-education elementary school teacher. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts with dual majors in Elementary Education and Special Education, she earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum Development. She is also a writer graduate from the Institute of Children's Literature. Her passions include systemic curriculum design and curriculum mapping; standards literacy and alignment; modernizing curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and documenting learning.

    Janet Hale, M.A.Ed.

  • Ruth Harbin-Miles began her career in the Olathe School District, USD #233 in Olathe, Kansas, first as a middle school teacher of the sixth grade and then as district math coordinator for the faculties of 33 elementary schools and 12 secondary schools. She taught undergraduate methods courses in Missouri at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Avilla College and graduate and undergraduate courses at various other universities as an adjunct professor. Ruth is currently teaching undergraduate courses at Mary Baldwin College and a graduate course for James Madison University. She has presented at leadership conferences in numerous cities across the United States and Canada and at 12 national conferences.

    Ruth Harbin-Miles, Ed. S.

  • Erick Herrmann is an educational consultant. He has taught Spanish at the high school level, Spanish literacy and English as a second language at the elementary level, and served as a Title VII grant coordinator and Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA). Erick has a high degree of expertise in sheltered instruction and meeting the educational needs of English language learners as well as integrating academic language and literacy instruction into the content areas at all grade levels.

    Erick Herrmann, M.A.

  • Sharroky Hollie is the Executive Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing stellar professional development for educators desiring to become culturally responsive. He is a cofounder of the nationally acclaimed laboratory school, Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS) in Los Angeles. Dr. Hollie is also the author of numerous publications and professional resources including one of Teacher Created Materials’ best sellers Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success.

    Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D.

  • Ted Hull is an author and educational consultant. Ted served in public education for 32 years as a mathematics teacher, K-12 mathematics coordinator, school principal, and director of curriculum and instruction. Ted has co-authored numerous books addressing mathematics improvement including Shell Education’s engaging classroom resources - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Math Games: Getting to the Core of Conceptual Understanding and Math Games: Skill-Based Practice series.

    Ted Hull, Ed.D.

  • Jennifer A. Jump is an Academic Officer for Teacher Created Materials. In this role, Ms. Jump provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for districts, teachers, and educational trainers. Jennifer is a passionate educator, who has spent fifteen years in various roles dedicated to student achievement. Before joining Teacher Created Materials, she contributed curriculum and professional development support to the fastest growing urban school district, the public school system in Washington D.C. She led the curriculum work, providing teachers with organized, content-rich, text set curriculum for ELA in grades K-5. She also provided professional learning for both large groups of teachers and individual teaching through coaching to improve the literacy outcomes in the district. Jennifer thoroughly enjoyed being an educator, spending time in elementary and middle school classrooms, as well as being an instructional coach in grades K-8. As an administrator, she continuously supported a K-8 building and addressed school culture and academic needs. Prior to her tenure in D.C., Jennifer led instructional coaches in Northern, Illinois for several years. Organizing a transition to Common Core for teachers and supporting administration in providing equity and access to all students, she provided professional learning and school-based support from the district-level. Ms. Jump’s thorough work experience is supported by a strong educational background. Jennifer’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, a Master of Arts in Education from Viterbo University, and a Master of Arts in Administration from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Jump is currently working toward her Educational Doctorate in K-12 Leadership.

    Jennifer A. Jump, M.A.

  • Ellin Keene has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and writing. For 16 years, she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as Deputy Director and Director of Literacy and Staff Development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania for four years. She now consults with schools and districts around the country. Ellin is coauthor of Mosaic of Thought: Teaching Comprehension in a Readers' Workshop, as well as numerous chapters for reading textbooks, journals, and education policy journals.

    Ellin Keene, M.A.

  • Laura Keisler is a member of the faculty at California State University, Fullerton in the College of Education. She provides training across the county for schools and school districts. Dr. Keisler has 16 years of experience in education working as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, professional developer, and university educator. Dr. Keisler co-authored the Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - professional resource, Building Academic Language through Content-Area Text: Strategies to Support English Language Learners and has published several articles on a variety of literacy topics.

    Laura Keisler, Ed.D.

  • Mary Kemper, Director of Mathematics, K-12, for Coppell ISD, in Coppell, Texas, provides professional learning for educators and administrators in the areas of math content and pedagogy. She oversees a team of math instructional coaches who work directly with the educators. Prior to her current position, she served as the secondary math coach and Algebra 2 teacher at Coppell High School (for one year). Prior to that, she was the high school and middle school/junior high math curriculum specialist in Pearland ISD in Pearland, Texas.

    Mary Kemper, M.Ed.

  • Stacey Kockler is an independent education consultant and advocate for Social Studies education. She works with school districts across the country to improve instruction in social studies, including integration with language arts and technology. As a social studies curriculum coordinator for Denton Independent School District in Texas, she trained teachers in Denton and across the country in best practices for the social studies classroom. Formerly an elementary teacher, Ms. Kockler is a current member of ASCD, MSSSA, TSSSA, TCSS, and NCSS. Ms. Kockler holds a Masters in Educational Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

    Stacey Kockler, M.Ed.

  • Eric Lemoine, Technology and Curriculum Support Specialist for an elementary school in Oregon, has taught for 12 years as an elementary classroom teacher. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Eric is an academic officer for Teacher Created Materials. Eric worked for seven years at the district level, supporting K-12 curriculum initiatives. Eric is a dynamic and entertaining international presenter and has authored, co-authored, and edited several educational resources including Teacher Created Materials’ award-winning TechTools Resource kits series.

    Eric LeMoine, M.Ed.

  • Andrew Mc Carty currently holds the position of Dean of Students at North High School in Torrance California, where he oversees the attendance and discipline of all students. He works with staff to integrate RTI processes school wide to create a safe campus. Andrew works with students to inspire and nurture behavior changes that will help them make better choices, and guides families and community members in improving student attendance. Mr. Mc Carty’s holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy.

    Andrew Mc Carty, M.A.

  • Jan McNeel is an educational consultant and author, specializing in writing. As an educator, Jan taught in various capacities over the course of her 37-year career. Jan is the co-author of Shell Education’s - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Getting to the Core of Writing series and Fostering Writing in Today’s Classroom.

    Jan McNeel, M.A.

  • Jerry Michel is an elementary school principal, author, and educational consultant. During his time in the classroom, Jerry taught fifth grade and special education. Jerry presents at local and national conferences around the country. He is the co-author of Shell Education’s - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Can You Hear Me Now? Applying Brain Research and Technology to Engage Today’s Students.

    Jerry Michel, Ed.D.

  • Michelle Mikes, Secondary Math Supervisor with Cobb County Public Schools in Cobb County, Georgia, supervises and writes math curriculum for the district, advises counselors and administrators on policy, ESOL, and Special Education. Michelle also provides professional development for teachers, develops assessments, and acts as a liaison between Cobb County and the state of Georgia.

    Michelle Mikes, Ed.S

  • Susan Monts is an Education Consultant. Formerly, she worked as an assistant principal for Alvin Independent School District in Alvin, TX where she was employed for over 20 years. Ms. Monts served as one of the assistant principals at Mary Burks Marek Elementary School PK-5 where she oversaw kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade operations and supervised the campus mathematics and science curriculums in all grade levels PK-5.

    Sue Monts, M.Ed.

  • Eugenia Mora-Flores is a Professor of clinical education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). She teaches courses on first and second language acquisition, Latino culture, and courses in literacy development for elementary and secondary students. Eugenia leads the reading certificate program and oversees the bilingual authorization program for perspective bilingual Spanish-speaking teachers. Her research interests include studies on effective practices in developing the language and literacy skills of English learners in grades K-12. She has written nine books in the area of literacy and academic language development (ALD) for English learners, including, Balanced Literacy for English Learners (K-2), Writing instruction for English Learners, Connecting Content and Language for English Learners, Science for English Language Learners: Developing Academic Language through Inquiry Based Science and most recently, four publications on Strategies for Connecting Content and Language for English Learners across the curriculum.

    Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ed.D.

  • Debby Murphy is an experienced national literacy consultant and coach, providing training on multiple current literacy topics including reading comprehension and reading strategies, differentiation in reading instruction, phonemic awareness / phonics / word work in reading, writer’s workshop, and the incorporation of the traits of good writing into instruction. Debby has more than 30 years experience as a classroom teacher and district reading specialist and has published several books.

    Debby Murphy, M.Ed.

  • Michael Murphy is a national educational coach, facilitator, and consultant. He draws from 36 years of educational experience as he trains and works with teachers, teacher and school leaders, and district leaders across the United States. He has published numerous articles for national journals and has been the contributing or lead author on four educational books in the last 15 years.

    Michael Murphy, Ed.D.

  • Joanna Newton is an elementary school literacy specialist where she provides ongoing professional development for K-6 teachers through coaching, mentoring, and modeling of research-based best practices. Joanna has taught various elementary grades and has authored several publications.

    Joanna Newton, M.Ed.

  • Rick Newton, Kent State University, Emeritus Professor of Greek and Latin, teaches a popular and long-running course on vocabulary development. Dr. Newton has co-authored several professional resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource the Building Vocabulary series.

    Rick Newton, Ph.D.

  • Evangeline Newton, Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Akron, teaches literacy methods courses and conducts workshops for teachers on word study, comprehension, and guided reading. Dr. Newton has co-authored several professional resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource the Building Vocabulary series.

    Evangeline Newton, Ph.D.

  • Maria Nichols, a National Board Certified Teacher, is an elementary level literacy staff developer for San Diego City Schools. Previously, she was a classroom teacher for 15 years, including 3 years of professional development work at the district level. Maria is the author of Talking About Text: Guiding Students to Increase Comprehension Through Purposeful Talk.

    Maria Nichols, M.A.

  • Bonnie Nizamis is an educational consultant and professional development specialist working with schools, cultural institutions, and businesses. Bonnie is a NYS certified teacher with a master’s in educational administration. She brings a wide range of experience and expertise in areas such as: program and curriculum development, training, coaching, accountability, instructional and test design, project management, writing, assessment, technology, and research.

    Bonnie Nizamis, M.Ed.

  • Lori Oczkus, is an accomplished educator, author, and speaker. She has experience working as a bilingual elementary teacher, reading intervention specialist, staff developer, and literacy coach. Lori has inspired many teachers through her motivating workshops and best-selling books. She frequently spends time in classrooms and focuses on helping teachers refine their reading instruction. Lori has been inducted in the California Reading Association Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the field of reading. She has authored several books including Just the Facts: Close Reading and Comprehension of Informational Text, Close Reading with Paired Texts, Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 25 Lessons You Can't Teach Without!, Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results, Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Powerful Strategies, and Lessons for Improving Reading Comprehension.

    Lori Oczkus, M.A.

  • Ryan O’Donnell is a former social studies and technology teacher and current Technology Teacher on Special Assignment at Rocklin Unified School District in Rocklin California. As a social studies teacher he taught AP World History and Geography and in technology he has taught Web Design and Broadcasting. In his current role as a TOSA, Ryan works with the teachers in his district to provide trainings and direction with their implementation of technology tools and pedagogy. Along with presenting, Ryan is the Vice President of the CapCUE organization; the Sacramento affiliate of which is an organization which focuses on infusing technology and developing leadership.

    Ryan O'Donnell

  • Nancy Padak, Principal Investigator for the Ohio Literacy Resource Center, directs the Reading and Writing Center at Kent State University. She has co-authored several professional resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource the Building Vocabulary series.

    Nancy Padak, Ed.D.

  • Louise Pascal, Associate Professor of Education in the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University, has worked for 25 years in the field of arts and education. Her research interest focuses on investigating the ways that singing impacts cultural reference, community building, and education. Louise has spent the last eight years as founder and director of the Afghan Children's Songbook Project.

    Louise Pascal, Ph.D.

  • Marc Pioch has served in the education field for the past 20 years. Currently, Marc is a teacher and coach at Da Vinci Extension in Hawthorne, California, where he works to provide students with their college freshman general education courses and on-the-job work experience. Additionally, Marc was an editor and contributing author to Teaching Social Studies Today for Shell Education a division of Teacher Created Materials. Marc is also an education consultant for Teacher Created Materials, where he provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts, teachers, and educational trainers across the content areas and grade levels. Marc received his undergraduate degree in both History and Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), and earned his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science and Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) from California State Dominguez Hills. Shortly after embarking on his career in education, Marc earned a Master’s Degree in Education for Advanced Teaching from the University of La Verne. Currently he is completing a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California (USC).

    Marc Pioch, M.A.Ed.

  • Nazy Ramallo-Sierra, Educational Consultant, provides professional development training throughout the country. Nazy has over 15 years of classroom experience and taught and developed curriculum for integrated Spanish and art in grades K through 12. Nazy holds her master’s in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University, as well as her bachelor’s in Spanish for education from Florida International University.

    Nazy Ramallo-Sierra, MS.Ed.

  • Timothy Rasinski is the author of numerous books and articles on reading education. He is a frequent, well-known presenter nationwide. His research on fluency has been cited by the National Reading Panel. He has co-authored many resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - including, but not limited to, Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, Vocabulary Ladders: Understanding Word Nuances series, Getting to the Roots of Content-Area Vocabulary series, Idioms and Other English Expressions series, Close Reading with Paired Texts series, Rhymes for the Times: Literacy Strategies through Social Studies as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource Building Vocabulary series.

    Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.

  • Myrna assists districts in developing their bilingual programs provides professional development, as well as institutes and seminars, for educators working with ELL and dual language programs and students. Currently, Myrna also provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts and teachers. In her 17 years in education, Myrna has held various positions at both at the district and regional levels, including her position as a district Bilingual/ESL Coordinator. During this time, she supported campuses in the implementation of the Dual Language Enrichment Program and the ESL Program adopted by the district. She provided professional development to staff throughout the district in best practices in both the Dual Language and ESL programs, as well as in the implementation of state required standards. She was also able to collaborate with the secondary coordinators to support teachers in the implementation of best practices for second language learners at the secondary level. Her passion to provide all students with the opportunity to be academically successful is evident in her work and leadership with the Texas Association of Bilingual Educators (TABE), the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE), and the Bilingual Association of the Metroplex (BEAM) for roughly 10 years.

    Myrna Reyna, MBE, M.Ed.

  • Mary Esther Reynosa, Instructional Supervisor for Elementary Mathematics for the Northside School District in San Antonio, Texas has over 30 years’ experience as an educator. Currently, she leads the district in the implementation of the district math curriculum and state standards. Additionally, Mary Esther supervises and provides training for campus math specialists, math facilitators, math support teachers and math development support teachers throughout the Northside School District. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

    Mary-Esther Reynosa, M.A.

  • Marcy Roan, Assistant Principal for Ferndale Middle School in North Carolina, has 18 years proven success as an educator, assessment specialist, independent consultant, district instructional coach, and school administrator. Marcy is a National Board Certified Teacher and is dedicated to continual education, professional development, and educational assessment. She holds an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations from the University of North Carolina, a Master’s of Education in Literacy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with an Early Childhood Concentration.

    Marcy Roan, Ed.S., NBCT

  • Laura Robb is an author, teacher, coach, and speaker, She has completed more than 40 years of teaching and coaching in grades 4-8. She presently coaches teachers in grades K to 8 and returns to the classroom for three to four months a year. For long-term professional study projects, Robb always works with those students who need the most support from teachers. Robb has written more than 25 books for teachers. A keynote and featured speaker at conferences, Robb leads workshops all over the country and in Canada. She has written more than 25 books on literacy, writes articles for educational journals, and publishes four newsletters a year for teachers on her website: A blogger for MiddleWeb,, and Scholastic, Robb’s goal is to reach all learners by supporting teachers.

    Laura Robb, M.S.Ed

  • Claudia Rodriguez is an educational consultant. Claudia has extensive experience training on best educational practices, ESL/Bilingual instructional practices, and classroom management. Claudia has served as a bilingual teacher, literacy strategist, and learning team coach. Ms. Rodriguez holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA.

    Claudia Rodriguez, M.S.

  • Ricardo Romanillos is an education consultant and small business owner who is passionate about building structures and pathways that empower underserved communities. His work both in education and with his company, Marquee Results, allows for Ricardo to champion change agents and work towards achieving equity in education. Currently, Ricardo also provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts, teachers, and educational trainers. Ricardo earned his Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University, focusing on improving teachers’ sense of self-efficacy to engage more minority students in the sciences. Prior to receiving his doctorate degree, he graduated with honors from Southwestern University with a BA in Chemistry, and a minor in Biology, and earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UT Arlington.

    Ricardo Romanillos, Ed.D.

  • LaVonna Roth is an internationally known author, keynote speaker, and consultant. Her passion is bridging neuroscience and education. Thousands of educators and students have benefited from her abundance of practical, applicable, and down-to-earth strategies for the most common and frustrating issues in education. These strategies are a direct result from years of research, as well as classroom and consulting experiences. LaVonna presents very interactive and engaging seminars and has done so across three continents. She is the author of Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage All Learners.

    LaVonna Roth, M.S.Ed.

  • Chris Shore currently serves as a math coach for Temecula Valley Unified School District in California. He is responsible for implementing the Common Core State Standards for a high school and two middle schools, and oversees their Professional Learning Communities. As an educator, Mr. Shore has taught in various capacities over the course of his 25-year career. Mr. Shore is the founder and editor in chief of The Math Projects Journal and the co-founder of SQeW Concepts. He has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching as well as Outstanding Teacher Award for Riverside County.

    Chris Shore, M.A.Ed.

  • Kimberly Sinclair, District Dyslexia Program Director for Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas holds a Doctorate in reading and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Urban Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Writing. Kimberly provides realistic research-based methods that are ready to implement in the classroom and strategies that will benefit, English language learners, dyslexic, bilingual, special education, and any student that is struggling academically.

    Kimberly Sinclair, Ed.D.

  • Robert (Bob) Sornson is an educational consultant, author, and president of the Early Learning Foundation, which offers training and materials for parents and educators, consultation services to school districts committed to developing sites of early learning success, and long-term training for early learning success initiatives and coaches. He is dedicated to helping every child build the foundation skills needed to become a successful learner for life.

    Robert Sornson, Ph.D.

  • Ryan Spears teaches social studies at the high school level at Rocklin Unified School District in California. Ryan is also a trainer and keynote speaker conducting presentations at the university level, and at various conferences and school districts.

    Ryan Spears, M.A.

  • Kirti Srivastava, STEAM Instruction and Curriculum Coach, is responsible for organizing all professional development for STEAM integration with the Common Core State Standards. She has taught multiple subjects in Kindergarten and first grade, and fifth and sixth grades and was a VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts) Coordinator for a K-8 charter school.

    Kirti Srivastava, M.S.Ed.

  • Michelle Stankevicius, Educational Consultant, provides job-embedded professional development, specializing in reading and literacy. In her role as an educational consultant, Michelle provides support to teachers individually and collectively to successfully implement school improvement models. Additionally, she designs and facilitates research-based, professionally challenging workshops that build relationships and impact student learning to increase student achievement. Previously, Michelle worked as a Chicago Public Schools elementary classroom teacher for 15 years, teaching every grade from PreK-8. Michelle holds a Master’s of Arts in Education, Educational Leadership from St. Xavier University in Chicago, IL.

    Michelle Stankevicius, M.Ed.

  • Kimberly Stockton, Vice President of Education at Teacher Created Materials, provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials' curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts, teachers, and educational trainers. Prior to joining Teacher Created Materials, Kimberly was a teacher and reading specialist in Southern California.

    Kimberly Stockton, M.Ed.

  • Sylvia Taylor, Educational Consultant, has 30 years’ experience as an educator. During her time as an educator, Sylvia’s focus was teaching students with learning disabilities, as well as teaching general education. In addition to Ms. Taylor’s teaching experience, she previously held positions as a resource specialist, program specialist focusing on special education, and professional development specialist. Sylvia holds a Master’s of Art in Learning Disabilities from West Virginia University.

    Sylvia Taylor, M.A.

  • Sue Valdes, Educational Consultant and Chief Learning Officer at the National Youth Leadership Council, leads the efforts of the Programs and Professional Development Department. Ms. Valdes’ areas of expertise include executive coaching, curriculum design, instructional strategies, bringing rigor and relevance into instructional practice, and technology integration and online course development and delivery. Ms. Valdes holds a B.A. ECh, M.Ed. Elementary Education, and Ed.D. Curriculum and Teaching.

    Sue Valdes, Ed.D.

  • Dr. Nancy Walker is a full faculty professor in the college of education and organizational leadership at the University of La Verne in California. Dr. Walker has authored the book When Textbooks Fall Short. Nancy has spent the past 16 years overseeing the teacher education (K-12) reading faculty and courses. She has held memberships in the AERA, NCTE, CATE, ILA, CRA, LRC, and the AAUP. Nancy was been awarded many grants on research assistance, teacher education, content area research, middle school foreign language, and language arts. In 2010, she earned a Sabbatical Award. Nancy earned a B.A. in English, M.S. in Education, and a Ph.D. in Education.

    Nancy Walker, Ph.D.

  • Lisa Wellborn is an education consultant. She formerly served as the elementary social studies coordinator for Plano Independent School District in Texas. Lisa writes curriculum and presents for the law related education department of the State Bar of Texas. Her expertise is the writing and implementation of curriculum and presenting professional development on best instructional practices and GT strategies. Prior, Ms. Wellborn taught elementary grades and was a gifted specialist, instructional specialist, and coach.

    Lisa Wellborn

  • Kimberly Williams is an educational consultant. Kimberly has over 20 years of experience in education where she served at the middle school level as a mathematics/science coordinator, dean of instruction/assistant principal, curriculum coach, and teacher. Dr. Williams received her Ed.D in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, her Master of Arts in Education, Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, and her Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education Mathematics, from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN.

    Kimberly Williams, Ed.D.

  • Ruth Yopp-Edwads, is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. Her research and writing interests include comprehension and vocabulary instruction, the use of informational text in the primary grades, and early literacy development. She is the co-author of five books, has numerous publications in professional journals, and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Ruth taught in the K-12 public schools for ten years and is a recipient of the Orange County California Teacher of the Year Award. She was inducted into the California Reading Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition of her contributions to literacy.

    Ruth Helen Yopp-Edwards, Ph.D.

  • Hallie Yopp-Slowik, a former bilingual elementary school teacher, is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. She currently co-directs the California State University 23-campus system’s Center for the Advancement of Reading. Active in teaching, writing, speaking, and service, she was names CSU Fullerton’s Outstanding Professor of the Year and received a system-wide award of excellence. She is an inductee into the California Reading Hall of Fame. Hallie serves on the editorial review board of The Reading Teacher, a journal of the International Reading Association.

    Hallie Yopp-Slowik, Ph.D.

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