Meredith is the founder and creator of TeachWriting.org and Bespoke ELA. She has taught high school English for 10+ years in Dallas, Chicago, and New York City and holds a M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University. She has always had a connection to the written word-- through songwriting, screenplay writing, and essay writing-- and she enjoys the process of teaching students how to express their ideas. An avid tea drinker and anglophile, Meredith enjoys life with her husband, daughter, and sweet pups.
Whitney Ebert is founder of Elementary Writing Coach. As you may have guessed, teaching young authors to develop their craft and feel confident in their writing skills is kind of her thing. She has 10+ years teaching experience in elementary education, and she's taught every grade level from kindergarten to sixth grade (except first). Whitney's teaching passions include interest-based learning, creative technology, project based learning, and building confident writers. Additionally, Whitney has her M.S. in Instructional Media, so she frequently incorporates digital flare into projects and writing assignments. She lives in a sunny beach town with her husband and toddler (and a new little one on the way). When Whitney isn't teaching, blogging, or designing new lesson plans, you can find her at the beach with the family.
An English teacher by day and TpT author by night, Melissa is an avid reader and writer, and she loves sharing ideas and collaborating with fellow educators. Melissa uses her degrees in English and Curriculum & Instruction and her Reading Specialist certification to ponder today’s educational issues while developing resources to help teachers, students, and parents.
When she's not teaching, Melissa lives for drinking a good cup of coffee, loving on her family, and contemplating the structure of a sentence as well as how she can lead my students to deeper reading comprehension (her true nerdy passions).
Liz is the founder of Teach BeTween the Lines. She has been teaching for over ten years; she has loved growing young minds through literature and the art of crafting the written word. She is currently working on her doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota, and holds an M.A. in Education from St. Mary’s University, Minnesota. She loves to write short stories in her free time, especially in those cold Minnesota winters. She is supported by a wonderful family made better by the addition of her two beautiful children.
Megan has lived all over the world due to military parents and has no hometown! She attended the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and obtained her Bachelor and Master degrees in Early Childhood Education. Megan furthered her education by achieving her Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading, Literacy and Assessment. She started her teaching career in 2006 and has taught kindergarten, second and fourth grade before securing a role as a literacy specialist on her elementary school campus. She loves working with students (Kindergarten-5th grade), coaching teachers in reading/writing instruction and servicing students with dyslexia. Literacy is embedded into all subjects and areas of life and it's her goal to make reading/writing engaging, interactive and enjoyable! In her free time, you will find her journaling, creating curriculum or traveling to another state or country!
After almost a decade of teaching across all the high school levels and grades, in both the United States and abroad, Betsy now joyfully spends her time helping high school English teachers escape the podium and teach creatively. Betsy runs the blog Spark Creativity and has also written for Independent School Magazine, English Journal, Reading Today, ReadWriteThink.org and Classroom Notes Plus. Her degrees and a lot of happy memories come from Pomona College (B.A., English) and Middlebury (M.A., English). Betsy loves to travel the world (she'll be back, Morocco!), play playdoh with her little ones, and cook a range of desserts that would make the Hogwarts house elves proud. When it comes to writing instruction, she brings a creative twist. Whether it's teaching her students to use quotation burgers in their formal papers or launching a student-authored one act play festival, Betsy always hopes to help students enjoy writing by keeping it fun and engaging.
Jeanine has been teaching elementary students for 16 years, specifically third and fifth graders. When it comes to teaching, Jeanine includes her love of reading and writing into every lesson. She loves teaching writing and having the opportunity to bring out the author in each of her students. Jeanine holds a BA from Western Connecticut State University in American Studies and Elementary Education and an MA from Fairfield University in Educational Technology. In addition to being a certified elementary teacher, she is also a certified Reading Specialist for grades K-12. Living on the north shore of Long Island means that her free time is spent at the beach where she enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Amanda is a passionate teacher going into her tenth year. Teaching writing is tough! Over time Amanda has honed her skills and discovered the essential components of teaching writing effectively. She is a lifelong learner always seeking new ways to engage students in living the writerly life. Amanda can't wait to share her passion for writing and connect with other teachers around the world to revolutionize the way we go about teaching writing!