Stacey Shubitz is the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers. She is a certified literacy specialist and a former classroom teacher who taught fifth grade at P.S. 171 in East Harlem, NY and fourth grade at The Learning Community in Central Falls, RI. In 2009, Stacey turned her passion for supporting teachers with balanced literacy instruction into a career as a literacy consultant based in Central Pennsylvania. In addition, Stacey has worked as an adjunct professor at Lesley University and Penn State – Harrisburg.
Stacey is the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse Publishers, 2010). Her second book for Stenhouse, Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts, will be published in Spring 2016. She has a M.A. in Literacy Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a M.S.Ed. in Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City of New York. A Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor, Stacey presents at local, state, and national conferences and has published articles published in Instructor Magazine. She is also on the editorial review board for The Language and Literacy Spectrum, the New York State Reading Association’s Journal.
If you’re interested in having Stacey speak at a conference or in your school district, then please contact Chandra Lowe at Stenhouse Publishers (email@example.com). Chandra can provide you with more information regarding speaking engagements. You may also e-mail Stacey directly at stacey [at] staceyshubitz [dot] com.
In 2007, Stacey co-founded Two Writing Teachers with Ruth Ayres, a widely-followed blog solely devoted to the teaching of writing. In September 2013, when Ruth stepped away from the blog, Stacey gathered a dynamic team of co-authors and re-launched with new voices, all dedicated to maintaining the blog’s original mission.
Anna Gratz Cockerille is an editor for Heinemann Publishing. In addition, Anna blogs, writes for journals, and consults in schools. She lives with her family in New York City.
Betsy Hubbard is a certified early childhood educator. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2001. Her teaching career began in Kalamazoo, MI with preschool and kindergarten students. She has continued to teach early and elementary levels in Michigan. She is a poetry advocate and hopes more educators will share their poetry appreciation with their students. Betsy is the creator of Chalk-A-Bration, a monthly celebration of poetry and poem illustrations using chalk. She loves music, running and blowing on dandelions. Betsy can be found at I Think in Poems, Teaching Young Writers, and on Twitter @Betsy_writes.
Beth Moore has over a decade of experience working as a national literacy consultant for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University. This work has taken her into K-8 classrooms all over the country to support teachers and administrators with reading workshop, writing workshop, and all aspects of a balanced literacy curriculum. She has been a contributing author to many TCRWP resources, including the Running Records Assessments, the Curriculum Calendars, the Learning Progressions for Writing, and the Performance Assessments for Reading and Writing.
Beth began her teaching career as a first-grade teacher in Orange, MA and then was a fifth-grade teacher in Newtown, CT. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught numerous graduate courses at Columbia University and presents at conferences around the country.
Beth coauthored the book How-To Writing: Writing to Teach Others with Lucy Calkins and Laurie Pessah as part of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann, 2013). Recently she coauthored with Lucy Calkins the book If…Then…Assessment-Based Curriculum, K-2, part of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Heinemann, 2015).
Beth and her family live in the mountains of northern Vermont, not far from where she grew up. She currently works as a district literacy consultant, graduate course instructor, writer, and editor. If you are interested in having Beth come to your school for a speaking engagement or to work with your teachers, or if you are interested in scheduling her to speak at a conference, please contact her directly at beth [at] elizabethmoore [dot] work.
Dana Murphy is an Instructional Coach in Woodridge School District 68, located in the suburbs of Chicago. After teaching in the classroom for nearly 10 years, Dana is embracing her current role as Instructional Coach in a K-6 building. Dana holds both a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Governors State University in Illinois. She also serves on the board of the local chapter of the Illinois Reading Council. Dana resides in Illinois with her husband and two daughters.
Tara Smith teaches sixth grade Language Arts, Writing Workshop and Social Studies at a middle school in suburban New Jersey. Before she was a teacher, she was an editor and then a mother of three. And before she was either of those, she was an avid reader and writer, and a devotee of history. All of these experiences have informed and enriched both her teaching practices, as well as her writing and thinking about her teaching practices. Tara is currently collaborating with TWT slicer and contributor Bonnie Kaplan on a multi-media documentation of integrating the “Slice of Life” writing into writing workshop. She also blogs about her teaching experiences at A Teaching Life.
In June 2015, we added two additional classroom teacher voices to Two Writing Teachers. Here are the newest members of our co-author team:
Deb Frazier is currently learning alongside first graders who love learning as much as she does in central Ohio. Prior to Deb’s current position Deb taught kindergarten, second-grade and students with special needs in a fourth and fifth-grade resource room. Deb also taught students with special needs in grades kindergarten through third grade in inclusive classrooms. Deb has lived in Okinawa, Japan and finds that this experience changed the way she views the world and broadened her thinking. Even today it continues to inspire who she is as a person and as an educator. Deb strives to help students understand the varying perspectives of others, to be accepting, and to learn about the person behind the one they see. Deb is co-founder of Global Classroom. She blogs about teaching at Primary Perspective and tweets @Deb_Frazier. Deb and her students find digital tools have become their hands into the world. They blog at Behind The Scenes in First Grade and tweet @Frazier1st. Deb resides in central Ohio with her husband and two daughters.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski is a third-grade teacher at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School in Farmingdale, NY. Certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Literacy Studies, Kathleen has experience in general and special education, previously working with sixth grade and kindergarten. A teacher-consultant for the Long Island Writing Project, Kathleen has facilitated the Summer Institute, book clubs, workshops, and writing retreats for teachers. She is a wife and mother, residing in Wantagh, New York. Kathleen shares stories from the classroom and life at her blog, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, and tweets @MrsSokolowski. She is thrilled to be part of the Two Writing Teachers community, where so much collegial conversation and sharing leads to inspiration in the classroom.