Richard Gentry, Ph.D., 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.