Each staff developer assumes responsibility for a score of schools and contributes to the organization’s knowledge base and repertoire of resources.
Jonathan Aldanese was a principal outside of Seattle before joining the Project, and before that, a lead teacher and a literacy coach in New York City and Seattle. Jonathan has expertise in methods for whole-school reform and in the Danielson Framework. He has facilitated literacy professional development throughout the country and recently presented at an advanced institute in Oregon. Jonathan holds a master's degree in Teaching from Brown University and a Principal Certification from the University of Washington.
Carl Anderson is the author of the acclaimed books, Assessing Writers and How's It Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers. His latest project is the series, Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward. Carl is a featured speaker throughout the country as well as internationally.
Kara Arnold was an elementary teacher in Bernardsville, New Jersey before joining the Project. She has experience teaching in both general education and inclusive classroom settings. Kara has a passion for creating tools to differentiate and meet the needs of all learners. Her students' work is featured in Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise, Grade 3.
Allyse Bader, a graduate of the Literacy Specialist Program at TC, is a former classroom teacher in New York City and Westchester, NY. Allyse has experience working in an inclusive classroom and with a large population of ELL's. She has served as an active member on leadership and professional development teams and acted as a teacher mentor.
Angela Baez taught in New York City before joining the Project. Her classroom served as both a literacy lab site and a host site for Teachers College graduate students. Angela supports schools across New York City, as well as in Palm Beach, FL and Bogota, Colombia. She is co-author of Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles, a unit of study for kindergarten readers.
Samantha Barrett was a special education teacher at PS 317-Waterside Children's Studio School in Rockaway Park before joining the Project. She has served as an active member on leadership and professional development teams and acted as a new teacher mentor. Samantha works with schools in Long Island, NY, Seattle, WA, Aldine, TX, and Lake Garda, CT
Lindsay Barton was a teacher leader in the Cambridge, MA public schools before joining the Project, where she focused on the writing process, project-based learning, science, and curriculum development. Lindsay is a graduate of the Teachers College Literacy Specialist program. She is a co-author of Readers Have Big Jobs to Do: Fluency, Phonics, and Comprehension, Grade 1.
Emma Bemowski taught kindergarten in Oakland, California for many years before joining the Project. She was an active member of her school's leadership team and worked as a mentor for new teachers. She holds a Master's Degree in Urban Education and is currently pursuing a degree from the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College.
Sara Berg, taught in the primary grades in Massachusetts and New Jersey before moving to NYC to work with the Project and enroll as a graduate student in the Literacy Specialist program at TC. As a staff developer and researcher, Sara is passionate about inspiring and supporting our youngest readers and writers and working on TCRWP's forthcoming phonics program.
Nancy Brennan taught at PS 199 in Queens for many years prior to joining the Project, where she gained experience working with a large population of ELL's in both general education and inclusion settings. Her classroom served as a literacy lab site for teachers and administrators. She is interested in read aloud with accountable talk and building grand conversations.
Laurie Burke, a graduate of the Teachers College Teaching of English MA Instep Program, has taught literacy across content areas in Italy, Virginia, Florida, New York, and California. Her classroom has served as a lab site for Project institutes. Laurie has presented at institutes in Bellingham, WA, Saint Louis, MO and San Diego, CA.
Heather Burns was both a classroom teacher and a literacy coach for many years in Connecticut and New York City before joining the Project. Heather has experience with curriculum design and implementation, and holds a Master of Science in Education, a Reading Specialist/ Reading Consultant Sixth Year degree, and an Intermediate Administrative Certificate. She works with schools in Beaverton, OR and South Kingston, RI.
Arlène Casimir-Siar was a lead teacher in NYC and New Orleans before joining the Project. She founded, designed and implemented an inclusive Trauma Informed Balanced Literacy curriculum for grades K-4 and her classroom served as a labsite. In her staff development, Arlène is committed to fostering social justice, character & values education, and student leadership to support responsive, rigorous instruction for diverse learners. She has presented at institutes in San Diego, CA, Alberta, Canada and at Teachers College.
Purnima Chopra-Vohra received her M.Ed. from Teachers College before joining the Project. She provides staff development for schools in New York City and in nearby suburbs. She also presents at institutes at Teachers College and around the country, most recently in Loudoun County, VA and the Dallas, TX area.
Grace Chough, Lead Staff Developer, holds a master's in Education from Teachers College in the English Education Department. In the past, Grace worked as an instructor at Teachers College, assisting Lucy Calkins in a writing instruction course and teaching seminars for student teachers. In addition to her work in New York, Grace provides staff development for schools in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, Ellington, CT, and Shanghai, China. She is a co-author of Reading History: The American Revolution, a unit of study for fourth grade readers
Carl Ciaramitaro taught elementary and middle school in Arkansas for many years before joining The Project, where he piloted several reading programs within his classroom. He also acted as an mentor teacher in partnering districts spanning several disciplines. Currently, Carl is pursuing a degree in the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College.
Rebecca Cronin, Lead Staff Developer, supports literacy coaches, administrators, and teachers. Her latest projects focus on integrating content area, reading, and writing in classrooms. Rebecca is a co-author of Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles, a unit of study for kindergarten readers.
Alexis Czeterko earned her master's degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College. Before joining the Project as a staff developer, she taught in Westchester, NY and was a Dual Language teacher in Queens. Alexis leads specialty and lead teacher groups in Connecticut and coaching sessions at the summer institutes, with a focus on content area literacy. Alexis recently at institutes in North Carolina, Ohio and upstate New York.
Katrina Davino taught primary grades in New York City before joining the TCRWP. As a teacher, she took part in professional development planning and facilitated teacher study groups. Katrina has led teacher inquiry around play and its intersection with literacy, a particular interest of hers. She has a master's degree from the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College.
Trent DeBerry has been an elementary classroom teacher and literacy coordinator in Texas and New York for the last 19 years. He often presents with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project during conference days, SaturdayReunions, and Homegrown Institutes across the country. He holds degrees in education from Baylor University, Texas Christian University, and Teachers College, Columbia University.
Amanda Densmore taught in inclusive elementary classrooms for many years in Lexington, Massachusetts before joining the Project. Her classroom was a labsite for doctoral research in the Writer's Workshop and for professional development in reading and writing. Amanda holds a BS in Theatre and an MA in Children's Literature.
Jennifer DeSutter Lead Staff Developer, began her career teaching in New York City working specifically with students with IEP's and with ELL's. As a staff developer, she supports schools in New York City and across the country. Jen enjoys working alongside administrators, coaches, and lead teachers to develop school wide goals to improve student achievement and teacher practice. She is a co-author of The How-To Guide for Nonfiction Writing, Grade 2.
Mandy Ehrlich worked for many years as an elementary classroom teacher in NYC and Westchester. Before joining the Project, she was the Literacy Coach supporting implementation of balanced literacy and Units of Study at a Middle School in the Bronx. Her work extended to support reading and writing in science and social studies. She holds an MSEd. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate College of Education and her School Building Leadership Certification.
Kimberly Fox was a special education teacher in New York City before joining the Project, and she led school-based professional development in Interactive Writing as well as behavior supports. Kimberly has taught Literature for Younger Children, a course at Teachers College. She has played a major role in Reading Rescue, a program for at-risk first graders, and has also worked as an artist to support many of TCRWP's anchor charts and other tools.
Simone Fraser was an upper grade elementary teacher in New York City and California for many years. Before joining the TCRWP she taught at PS 321, a long-time Project school in Brooklyn, where her classroom served as a lab site for teachers and administrators. Simone supports schools in upstate New York, Washington, Ohio and Texas. She leads specialty groups and presents at various institutes including the Reading Coaching Institute.
Shana Frazin, Senior Staff Developer, taught in Pasadena and Los Angeles Unified School districts and was a faculty member at Pacific Oaks College prior to joining the Project. Shana is co-author of Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales, a 3rd grade narrative writing unit. She recently joined Lucy at the helm of the TCRWP's Classroom Library Project.
Dominique Freda received her MA in Inclusive Elementary Education from Teachers College before becoming a classroom teacher in NYC. During her many years in the classroom, she worked closely with the Project by participating in lead teacher groups and specialty groups focused on pushing high-level readers.
Katherine Garland taught in California before moving to New York City, where she completed the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College while teaching in the Bronx. She takes interest in teaching reluctant and struggling readers and writers, and developed a literacy intervention model for an after school program serving public schools in Harlem.
Brooke Geller, Regional Director for NJ Schools, holds two Master of Science degrees, one in reading and one in educational leadership, as well as a Supervisory Certificate. Brooke is especially dedicated to mentoring staff developers and teacher leaders. She often teaches advanced sections at TCRWP summer institutes. Brooke is co-author of the third grade unit, Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise.
Valerie Geschwind taught both primary and upper grades and was an inclusive classroom teacher prior to joining TCRWP. She has presented on the role of talk in the classroom and wrote an article on this topic for Heinemann's Digital Campus. Valerie has her own blog, KidDriven, and also contributes to other professional blogs. She is co-author of The How-To Guide for Nonfiction Writing, Grade 2.
Jessica Greiss was a primary teacher in New Jersey before joining the Project. While a classroom teacher, she and a colleague were responsible for launching Writer's Workshop in the primary grades at her school. Jessica supports schools in Texas and Washington. She is a graduate of the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College.
Kristi Guinness, taught both primary and upper grades in New York City, servicing general education and gifted and talented students. She earned a master's degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining TCRWP, her classroom served as a lab site for teachers. As an intuitive leader, she was an active member on leadership and professional development teams.
Eric Hand taught for many years in Baltimore and New York City before joining the Project. Eric has taught in a range of settings, from ICT to GT classrooms.He holds a master's in Reading from Towson University. One of Eric's passions is searching for graphic novels that can be incorporated into literacy instruction and classroom libraries. He supports schools in New York City, California, and Massachusetts.
Meghan Hargrave came to TCRWP from Winnetka, Illinois, where she was a teacher leader, mentor, and member of the Language Arts Committee. Meghan and a few colleagues initiated a foray into workshop teaching that led to full district implementation four years later. Since joining the Project, Meghan has been a TA for one of Lucy Calkins' courses in the Literacy Specialist program, presented at the inaugural Institute on Argumentation, and led Units of Study days nationwide.
Lisa Hernandez Corcoran was a K-6 literacy curriculum specialist, a teacher leader, and a teacher in Wethersfield, CT before joining the Project. She has a passion for creating individualized literacy tools to strengthen student independence and is an avid user of digital media to support literacy. Lisa has presented at institutes in Texas, Massachusetts, and Virginia. She holds a CT administration certification.
Lizzie Hetzer worked as a literacy coach in Brooklyn before joining the Project. She also has experience as a special education and reading intervention teacher, serving students with a variety of special needs in inclusive and special education settings. Lizzie is interested in studying text complexity across grade levels.
Beth Hickey taught in New York City for 18 years before joining the Project. She has taught kindergarten through fourth grade and has also worked as a literacy coach and a peer collaborative teacher. Beth has experience working in inclusive classrooms and in classrooms with large populations of students learning English as a new language.
Christine Holley, Senior Staff Developer, works with teachers and school leaders in a score of schools across the New York City area and beyond. Christine is especially known for using drama, storytelling and the arts to bring literature to life. She leads advanced sections at the TCRWP's summer institutes, and courses for literacy coaches. Christine is co-author of two units of study books: From Scenes to Series, Grade 1 and Becoming Avid Readers, Grade K.
Lisa Hourigan taught at P.S. 199Q for many years before joining the Project, where she worked with a large ELL population, as well as high achieving students. Lisa has participated in TCRWP specialty groups and lead teacher groups focusing on read aloud and classroom discussion.
Kisha Howell taught primarily upper elementary grades in Charlotte, North Carolina and Harlem, NY before joining the TCRWP. She was an inclusive classroom teacher who focused specifically on cultural relevance in the classroom. Her role in and out of the classroom included planning and facilitating professional development for new teachers. Kisha earned her masters degree from the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College.
Christine Ikin was a classroom teacher in New York City, on Long Island, and also taught in Sydney, Australia before joining the Project. Christine has experience working with a large population of ELL's, and has taught in both general education and inclusion settings. Her classroom has served as a labsite for staff development.
Jasmine Junsay, a graduate of the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College, taught for many years, most recently at PS 29 in Brooklyn, and was a Resource Specialist. Jasmine has shared her expertise in content literacy instruction in study groups and through curriculum writing. Since 2014, She has served as a teacher leader with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, leading classroom demonstrations and supporting teacher institutes on site.
Jennifer Kean-Thompson taught in general and inclusive classroom settings and mentored new teachers prior to joining the TCRWP. Jenn has been directly involved in developing performance assessment tools related to the Common Core standards, and has presented at NCTE on writer's workshop and working with ELL's. She supports schools in the New York City area as well as in Seattle and Japan.
Ann Keyser was a literacy coach and teacher in Florida before joining the Project, where her school served as a model for her district. Ann introduced her district to the Units of Study, provided staff development to coaches and teachers in reading and writing workshop, and collaborated on the creation of the Balanced Literacy plan for the district. She holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership with Florida Admin certification.
Hareem Atif Khan teaches in the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College. She also staff develops schools in New York City and worldwide. She has helped develop the TCRWP Units of Study for Reading and Writing for many years. Hareem holds an Ed.M from Teachers College and an M.Sc in International Relations from Quaid-E-Azam University, and is a Fulbright scholar.
Hannah Kolbo was a Special Education teacher and co-teacher in New York City and Long Island before joining the Project. Her classrooms served as the observation site for teachers and administrators. Hannah provides staff development to schools in Pacifica, CA, New Hartford, CT, and New York City.
Jordan Kravitz, a graduate of TC's English Education program, taught in New York and Chicago for many years before joining the Project. Jordan worked in public and private schools, served on leadership and professional-development teams and acted as a teacher mentor and writing-center director. He's currently at work on a macabre middle-grade novel.
Celena Larkey, Senior Staff Developer, has worked with teachers, coaches, and principals to establish rigorous, and responsive literacy instruction. Celena leads specialty courses, lead teacher groups, coaching institutes and content area institutes focused on Inquiry and developing deep literacy connections across content area studies. She is a co-author of Writing Reviews, Grade 1, and of Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction, Grade 2.
Katherine Lindner was a literacy specialist, reading specialist, and teacher in Wisconsin for many years before joining the Project. She was also an ad-hoc instructor in the C&I department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is currently enrolled in the Urban Education Doctoral Program with an emphasis in C&I and Literacy and a minor in Early Childhood.
Natalie Louis, Senior Staff Developer, teaches advanced reading and writing workshops at summer institutes, and has a special interest in helping upper grade teachers understand the work of primary reading. In addition to her work across the United States, Natalie provides staff development in Amsterdam. She is co-author of two kindergarten units in the reading and writing Units of Study series: Writing for Readers and We Are Readers.
Alicia Luick, Lead Staff Developer, is dedicated to cultivating climates of professional learning and student growth, working closely with teachers, coaches and administrators alike. She draws on her many years as an elementary teacher and district-wide literacy coach in New Jersey to help grow school systems. Alicia holds master's degrees from Fordham University in curriculum and administration. Outside of her work as a staff developer, she is a classical choral singer who performs at festivals worldwide.
Sarah Mann was a literacy coach in NYC charter schools before joining the Project. Prior to that, she was an elementary classroom teacher for many years teaching at PS 36, in Harlem, and then PS 290, The Manhattan New School. Sarah has experience teaching in general education, gifted and talented, and inclusive settings.
Elizabeth Masi a graduate of TC's Literacy Specialist program, has taught and coached in a variety of primary and upper grade general education and inclusion classrooms. She currently teaches 4th grade at PS 158 in New York City, one of TCRWP's mentor schools. Liz has served as an instructor at Institutes as well as a TA for several Coaching Institutes.
Casey Maxwell spent 10 years teaching primary grades in public and charter schools in New York City where she planned school-based professional development. She earned her master's degree in Early Childhood from Bank Street College of Education. Casey has worked with teachers in rural Rwanda and has a special interest in working with emergent readers.
Jessica Mazzone was a literacy coach in New York City prior to joining the Project. She also taught general and special education, reading intervention, and social studies at PS 158, a long-time Project school. Jessica has co-led TC calendar days including one on writing research reports, content area literacy and reading in the content areas.
Dwight McCaulsky taught Literacy in the Franklin School District, Somerset, NJ before joining the Project, where he was a Team Cohort leader, Chair of the Vocabulary Professional Learning Committee, and a member of the School Improvement Plan. In these roles, Dwight planned and implemented school wide initiatives and took part in curriculum planning, assessment development, technology training, and data analysis to support the needs of students.
Meghann McDonald taught and coached for more than a decade in an urban district just south of Seattle with a high ELL population. As a district literacy coach, she coached teacher teams individually and in lab settings on workshop structure and implementation of the reading and writing Units of Study. Meghann has a special interest in helping teachers tap into their own processes to deepen their knowledge of reading and writing content.
Kris McPherson, worked as a literacy coach, primary grade level and mentor classroom teacher, and academic intervention specialist at Waterside Children's Studio School in Rockaway Park, NY. She facilitated a wide-range of professional development opportunities around using data and toolkits to support emerging readers and writers. She participated in TCRWP coaching, specialty, and leadership groups.
Cornelius Minor, Lead Staff Developer, taught middle school English Language Arts at The Brooklyn School for Global Studies in Brooklyn, NY before joining the Project. Cornelius has special expertise in digital media and digital literacy. He is co-author of Investigative Journalism and Position Papers: Research and Argument, Grade 8, in Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing.
Marie Mounteer gravitated towards and developed expertise in supporting ELL's and Special Education students during her role as a primary educator in Brooklyn. Marie holds a master's degree in Elementary Education and a Special Education Certificate. She is passionate in her work to help students of all economic backgrounds and level of language acquisition become avid readers and writers.
Cheney Munson worked as a middle school English teacher and Writing Department Chair at a network of charter schools in Newark, NJ before joining the Project. Working to invest teachers and administrators in TCRWP methodology and curriculum, he has implemented reading and writing workshops at classroom, school and network levels.
Brittany Nocito, earned her masters degree in the Literacy Specialist program at TC. Before joining the project she taught primary and upper grades in Charlotte, NC. Her classroom served as a literacy lab site for both teachers and administrators among the district. Brittany was also a district literacy presenter and assisted in designing, implementing, and revising district literacy scope and sequence documents. Brittany is passionate about developing a love of reading and writing amongst our youngest learners.
Mike Ochs taught in rural and urban schools, most recently in the Bronx before joining the Project. A graduate of the Teachers College Literacy Specialist program, Mike has special expertise in supporting struggling readers and writers. He has written dozens of articles for children, many of which are in published Project materials, and is co-author of two books in the Units of Study series: Reading the Weather, Reading the World, Grade 4 and Literary Essay: Opening Texts and Seeing More, Grade 5.
Gary Petersen was a curriculum specialist in Wethersfield, CT prior to joining the Project. In that role, he coached teacher teams on the Reading and Writing Workshop method, planned lab sites, and rolled out the Units of Study in Writing. In addition to his work across the United States, Gary provides staff development for schools in Saudi Arabia and in Shanghai.
Elizabeth Petkanics brought a passion for social justice to her work as a lead teacher in demanding high-success urban charter and public schools as well as schools with high ELL populations. She also received highest honors in the TC's Literacy Specialist Program and has special expertise in studying craft in children's literature, working closely with Sarah Weeks.
Molly Picardi worked as a co-curator on the Classroom Libraries Project at TCRWP and has taught in a wide variety of classrooms, including public, private, and charter schools. She currently teaches at PS 158 in New York City, one of TCRWP's mentor schools. Molly is a graduate of the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College and has worked as an instructor at Project Institutes as well as a TA for several Coaching Institutes.
Chelsea Proud has taught both lower and upper grades at PS 29, a long-time project school, in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, she teaches 4th grade, where her classroom serves as a lab site for TCRWP fellows and curriculum. She is an active participant in TCRWP institutes, specialty groups, and professional development. Chelsea is passionate about supporting ENL students.
Heather Reed believes in helping each student develop an identity as an active citizen who uses strong literacy skills to make the world an even better place. One of her passions is instilling agency in all students. Heather has worked as a special education teacher, a classroom teacher, a literacy specialist, and as a district literacy chairperson. She draws from these experiences when partnering with students, teachers, and administrators.
Alissa Reicherter, Lead Staff Developer, takes special interest in helping to grow readers and writers while creating a collaborative culture of problem solvers. Before becoming a staff developer, Alissa worked in New York City schools, teaching in general education, ICT, and self-contained settings. She has also taught English in Panama, Nicaragua and Tanzania. Alissa is co-author of Mystery: Foundational Skills in Disguise, Grade 3.
Alexandra Roman, Lead Staff Developer, is a member of an action research team that develops best practices for ELL's with a focus on raising student achievement. Prior to her role at the Project, Alexandra's dual language classroom in Brooklyn served as an exemplar for second language learners. Alexandra continues to support Ell's through her work with literacy coaches and teachers in NYC, across the country, and internationally.
Rachel Rothman, Senior Staff Developer, leads study groups, workshops, and advanced sections at summer institutes on assessing and teaching foundational skills in addition to her professional development work in schools. A former classroom teacher, Rachel is co-author of Small Moments: Writing with Focus, Detail, and Dialogue, a unit of study for first grade writers. Rachel has a special interest in emergent literacy, especially in the intersection of play, literacy and social skill development in the early years.
Rhea Royster worked as a teacher and a literacy coach for many years in Newark, NJ prior to joining the Project. As a teacher, her classroom served as a labsite. As a coach, many of the professional development workshops she led focused on reading and writing workshop. Rhea has presented at institutes in Alberta, Canada and at Teachers College. She holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Lillian Ruffo is a literacy coach at Anna C. Scott Elementary located in Leonia, NJ, a small borough near the George Washington Bridge. Previously, she taught 3rd grade at ACS for 4 years. Currently, she has been experimenting with a schoolwide initiative in oral storytelling as a way to honor and invite all the diverse voices of the ACS families. This work will be presented alongside TCRWP staff developers Brooke Geller, Elizabeth Petkanics, and Alexandra Roman at the NCTE Conference this November.
Nicole Santariga was a lead teacher and teacher mentor in New York City and Birmingham, MI before joining the Project. For many years, she taught at PS 158, a long-time Project school, where her classroom served as a lab site for teachers and administrators. Nicole has served on various ELA committees and helped launch the Units of Study in her district. She received her MA in Early Childhood Education from New York University.
Cynthia Satterlee, Lead Staff Developer, was a classroom teacher in Brooklyn, NY before joining the Project, where she worked both in an inclusion setting and with gifted and talented students. Most recently, Cynthia has played a part in leading teachers to implement writing workshop as part of the NYC Department of Education School Renewal Initiative.
Ryan Scala is a fifth grade co-teacher on Long Island. He has served as a literacy coordinator in a K-8 school on Long Island, and staff developer at the TCRWP. He has presented at national conferences, such as NCTE, and summer institutes at the Project. He was part of the effort to launch the Facebook groups around Units of Study and participated in the Colonial Williamsburg Project.
Jessica Scanlon, was a classroom teacher in both general education and special education settings for many years before becoming a K-8 literacy coach in a NYC public school. She has worked closely with the project by participating in lead teacher groups and literacy coaching groups for the past seven years. Jessica holds master's degrees in Literacy Education and Educational Leadership.
Kathleen Schechter earned her master's degree from the Secondary English program at Teachers College. She taught middle school English for many years in New York City prior to joining the Project, including 10 at East Side Community School.
Shanna Schwartz, Curriculum Coordinator for Primary Literacy, supports schools worldwide and provides leadership throughout the TCRWP organization. She develops curriculum, mentors junior staff, leads work at mentor schools, and supports study groups for principals, assistant principals, and literacy coaches. Shanna is the author of Making Your Teaching Stick and is co-author of two units for second grade, Writing About Reading and Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt.
Anna Sheehan was a K-5 literacy coach in San Francisco, CA prior to joining the Project. Before that, she taught at PS 116 in Manhattan and in Washington, D.C. Anna has experience facilitating lab sites and inquiry groups, and leading professional development with an emphasis on supporting ELL's. She is a graduate of the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College.
Kristin Smith, Lead Staff Developer, taught in West-Windsor Plainsboro, NJ and in the South Bronx, NY before joining the Project. Kristin has co-taught Methods and Materials for Reading Instruction at Teachers College, where she earned her master's degree in literacy. She is co-author of Character Studies, a third grade unit in Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades K-5.
Jessica Someck, a graduate of the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College, taught in New York City before joining the Project, and has had experience in both general education and inclusive settings. Jessica also contributed to curriculum planning and acted as a teacher mentor.
Tim Steffen taught for many years at independent schools in New York City before joining the Project. He is a published author of children's books and holds master's degrees from Bank Street College of Education and Union Theological Seminary.
Emily Strang-Campbell taught at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists before joining the Project. Emily holds a master's degree from New York University with dual certification in Educational Theatre and English in the secondary classroom, and an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Brooklyn College. She is co-author of Research-Based Information Writing, Grade 6.
Dani Sturtz taught for many years in Rockland County and New York City prior to joining the Project. At PS 333, she participated in TCRWP's lead teacher and coaching groups and acted as a school leader, supporting primary teachers in literacy. Dani holds a master's degree from the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College.
Annie Taranto, Senior Staff Developer, is a graduate of the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers Colleges. Annie has a deep interest in helping teachers tap into their powers as readers and writers. She is a co-author of The Research-Based Argument Essay, Grade 5, and The Art of Argument: Research Based Essays, Grade 7. Both books draw on pioneering work Annie has done developing state-of-the-art units.
Sarah Picard Taylor, Lead Staff Developer, is the author of Teaching Persuasive Writing K-2. She has taught at the TCRWP Coaching Institutes and led Advanced Institute sections and Specialty Courses for teachers of students with IEPs. Sarah was an inclusion classroom teacher in NYC and a reading resource teacher in Wisconsin before joining the TCRWP.
Noelle Thiering, taught Elementary students for many years and worked as a Reading Interventionist in both Central and North Texas school districts. Prior to joining TCRWP, she was a Literacy Coach supporting the implementation of Balanced Literacy and the Units of Study. Noelle has experience working with economically disadvantaged and at-risk students and is passionate about creating tools to differentiate learning for all students.
Amy Tondreau taught in Massachusetts for many years and served as an adjunct instructor and co-director of the Rhode Island College Summer Reading Clinic prior to joining the Project. In addition to her work as a staff developer, Amy has assisted Lucy Calkins with her graduate courses in TC's Literacy Specialist program and has contributed to the Reading Rescue initiative at the TCRWP. Amy is a doctoral student in the department of Curriculum & Teaching at Teachers College.
Taryn Vanderburg, a staff developer at TCRWP,has consulted with public, private and charter schools throughout the country. Driven by the pursuit of elevating curriculum, instruction, and student learning, she has helped hundreds of schools get started with Units of Study. Taryn has contributed to writing the Units of Study and authored the book, The Quick Guide to Getting Started with Units of Study (Heinemann, upcoming).
Gabriella Vega was a Special Education Teacher in an inclusive classroom in New York City for 10 years before joining the Project. Her classroom served as an observation site for teachers and administrators. Gabriella was an integral part of her school community and provided professional development sessions for her colleagues.
Elise Whitehouse was a primary teacher in New Jersey before joining TCRWP. While a classroom teacher, she provided staff development for the launching of Reading Workshop in her district. Her classroom also served as a lab site for teachers learning Reading and Writing Workshop. She completed her Master's Degree in literacy and holds her Reading Specialist Certification
Cindy Williams came to the Project from Van Buren, Arkansas, where she served as a curriculum coach helping students and teachers in grades K-5. Cindy brings many years of classroom teaching experience across Texas, Michigan, and Arkansas to her role as staff developer.
Katy Wischow, Lead Staff Developer, earned her MA in the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College and taught for many years in Newark, NJ before joining the Project. Katy is passionate about curriculum development, using the arts to develop literacy, and creating strong cultures of talk in classrooms. She has been an adjunct instructor at Teachers College and is co-author of The Literary Essay, Grade 8.
Pablo Wolfe was a middle school teacher at School of the Future in Manhattan before coming to the Project as a staff developer. He has trained and mentored aspiring teachers in Workshop model teaching methods, and has served as the English Department Head at the School of the Future.