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Teacher / Education Specialist
Annie Rients is the Professional Learning Coordinator for Shakopee Public Schools in Shakopee, MN. Annie has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, district wide mentor coach, professional developer and a Pearson Educational Specialist in the SIOP Model for 15 years. She received a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary’s University and has been a contributor in both the 99 More Ideas for Teaching English Learners in the SIOP Model and the SIOP Manual. She has provided professional development for teachers, coaches and administrators across the country and works directly with the SIOP authors to develop and facilitate high quality professional development around the SIOP Model.
Ashley has a passion for education research. She’s been with Pearson for 7 years, focuses on outreach about education research, assessments, and great teaching. She holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Iowa.
Social Studies Teacher, Graduate Student
Carly is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, working on her Ph.D. in Educational Sciences. Previously, she was a high school social studies teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Tates Creek is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school. Recently, she was an instructor for Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program. She earned her B.A. in Secondary Education in Social Studies, Masters in History, and Masters in German Studies at the University of Kentucky, and her Masters in Education at Georgetown College. She has taught across many ability levels on a broad range of topics including government, economics, anthropology, geography, US and world history. She is excited to be a part of the C3 teacher team and to apply the framework to her teaching and future studies.
Literacy Author, Professor at Iowa State University
Donald Bear is a professor in literacy education at Iowa State University where he teaches doctoral, master’s, and pre-service teachers, and directs the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic. He is also professor emeritus from the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald is involved in studies that examine literacy learning, particularly studies of orthographic development in different and second languages. His research explores the specific sequence students follow across the synchrony of literacy learning from beginning concept of word in prekindergarten to how morphology underlies academic vocabulary learning. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, book chapters, and 12 books, including Words Their Way, Words Their Way with English Learners, and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, 4 – 12. He is an author on several instructional programs used throughout the United States. Donald is also involved in innovative professional development grants, and his work in assessment and word study is used widely. He has received several awards for teaching and service, and is currently a board member of the International Reading Association.
Math Author, Professor of Mathematics at Rowan University
Eric Milou is a Pearson math author and professor of mathematics at Rowan University. He is an expert on using technology to increase student engagement and mathematical understanding. As an enVisionmath2.0 Grades 6-8 author, Dr. Milou contributes to ensuring vertical alignment to the enVision A|G|A programfor Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
Math Author, Professor of Education and Graduate at McDaniel College
Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell is a mathematics educator and has experience as a classroom teacher, a principal, and a supervisor of instruction. He is currently Professor of Education at McDaniel College and completed a 2-year term as President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to elementary and middle-grade mathematics education, Dr. Fennell has also authored chapters in yearbooks and resource books published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. In addition, he has played key leadership roles the Research Council for Mathematics Learning, the Mathematical Sciences Education Board, the National Science Foundation, the Maryland Mathematics Commission, theUnited States National Commission for Mathematics Instruction, and the Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators. Dr. Fennell recently served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, chairing the Conceptual Knowledge and Skills Task Group.
Dr. Fennell has received numerous honors and awards, including Maryland’s Outstanding Mathematics Educator (1990), McDaniel College’s Professor of the Year (1997), the Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the CASE – Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year – Maryland (1997) and the AMTE Distinguished Outstanding Teacher Educator Award for Excellence in Service (2010).
Literacy Author, President & CEO, TextProject
Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert is President and CEO of TextProject, a nonprofit that provides open-access resources to support higher reading levels, and a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Hiebert received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in the field of early reading acquisition for 45 years, as a teacher’s aide and teacher in California and, as a teacher educator at universities across the nation. Hiebert’s research on fostering fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge through appropriate texts has been published in numerous scholarly journals and books. She has been the recipient of several awards for her work, including International Reading Association’s William S. Gray Citation of Merit and the American Educational Research Association’s Research to Practice award.
Grants & Funding Manager
I’ve worked on the Pearson Grants team for 14 years, prior to which I was a Title IV Safe-and-Drug-free Schools Coordinator for a school district. I am passionate about helping school districts navigate the turbulent waters of education funding. While I enjoy creative writing, the years of technical writing for grants makes me itch to write everything in bullet points with embedded headings. I am that annoying grammar friend who sees typos everywhere I look. I live in Colorado with my family.
Teacher and Reading Recovery Expert
Ms. Ivy Delaney is a veteran teacher having taught grades one to five, Reading Recovery, Special Education and English Language Learners. As a volunteer in Kiribati, South Pacific, Ivy worked with teachers to lift the quality and delivery of their English language instruction. Ivy then moved to Manchester, England where she taught English as a Second/Foreign Language to adult learners. Currently teaching in Brookline, MA. Ivy is a graduate of Bank Street College of Education. She received her Reading Recovery training at New York University.
Jim is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Specialist. Prior to joining Pearson in September of 2016, Jim was a technology and labor market analyst working to identify changes in technology, jobs, and education. His past publications include technology forecasts with educational best practices related to robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), and video games, among other topics.
Between 2003-2016, his speeches and workshops reached approximately 50,000 educators, students, parents, and policy makers. His essays on CTE and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) can be found at Edutopia, the American School Board Journal, MDR, and other online sites. In August 2008, The Bellwether Sounds, an essay for the National School Board Association Technology and Learning (NSBA T&L) would seed a public awakening about educational and societal changes motivated by the complex world of STEM.
Jim graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bradley University in 1995 with a degree in Sociology. He is a 1994 George Gilder Fellow in high technology and public policy. Jim and his wife Lisa and daughter Ava live in San Antonio, Texas.
Science Author, Miller and Levine Biology
Dr. Joseph Levine was born in Mount Vernon, New York, where he attended public schools. He earned a B.S. in Biology at Tufts University, a master’s degree from the Boston University Marine Program, and a Ph.D. at Harvard University. His research has been published in scientific journals ranging from Science to Scientific American, and in several academic books. He taught introductory biology, marine ecology, and neurobiology for six years at Boston College.
After receiving a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH-TV, Levine dedicated himself to improving public understanding of science. His popular writing has appeared in five trade books and in magazines such as Smithsonian, GEO, and Natural History. He has produced science features for National Public Radio and has designed exhibit programs for state aquarium projects in Texas, New Jersey, and Florida.
Since 1987, Levine has served as scientific advisor at WGBH, where he worked on NOVA programs and on projects including the film Cocos: Island of Sharks and the series The Secret of Life. Most recently, he served as Science Editor for The Evolution Project.
Levine and his family live in Concord, Massachusetts, a short distance from Thoreau’s Walden Pond.
High School English Teacher
Jordan Catapano is a high school English teacher in a Chicago suburb. In addition to being National Board Certificated and head of his school’s Instructional Development Committee, he also has worked with the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and has experience as a school board member for a private school. You can follow him on Twitter at @BuffEnglish, or visit his website www.jordancatapano.us.
Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as a author/consultant who works with educators around the world. Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education. Inspired by his classroom, mentors and professional development experiences, Kelly has written six books for teachers, many of which have been used in education schools around the world. He is also a featured author for several ELA classroom textbooks and programs. In 2005, Kelly received the Award for Classroom Excellence from the California Association of Teachers of English, the state’s highest honor for English teachers.
Science Author, Miller and Levine Biology Author, Professor at Brown University
Dr. Kenneth Miller grew up in Rahway, New Jersey, attended the local public schools, and graduated from Rahway High School in 1966. Miller attended Brown University on a scholarship and graduated with honors. He was awarded a National Defense Education Act fellowship for graduate study, and earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Colorado. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches courses in general biology and cell biology.
Miller’s research specialty is the structure of biological membranes. He has published more than 70 research papers in journals such as CELL, Nature and Scientific American. In 1999, he wrote the popular trade book Finding Darwin’s God.
Miller lives with his wife, Jody, on a small farm in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. He is the father of two daughters, one of whom is a wildlife biologist. He swims competitively in the masters’ swimming program and umpires high school and collegiate softball.
Senior Educational Research Scientist
Liane began her career as a Linguist earning her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She taught ESL before entering The Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. There she earned an MS with an emphasis on language, literacy and learning. During this time she gained 3 years of teaching experience at the university level. After graduate school Liane worked for start-up educational toy company, Neurosmith, and educational game company, Knowledge Adventure, as well as textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin. She returned to graduate school to earn a doctorate in Experimental Psychology, with an emphasis on cognitive psychology, from the University of California, San Diego. Since earning her doctorate she has worked for the U.S. Department of Education, UCSD and now she works at Pearson as a Senior Research Scientist with a focus on the learning sciences.
Teacher and Children's Book Aficionado
Meg is an elementary school teacher at a charter school in Boston, MA. She has been a teacher for 11 years spanning grades K – 5. Meg has spent time teaching in public, private, and charter schools in Bellingham, WA, Rome, Italy, Los Angeles, CA, Buffalo, NY, and Boston, MA. Meg also runs her own blog AliceEverAfter.com that features her thoughts on children’s literature. She has a passion for picture books and middle grade books and hopes one day Kate DiCamillo can be her new best friend.
Science, Author, Earth Science, Professor Washington University
Dr. Michael Wysession is an Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and author of numerous science textbooks published by Pearson Education and Prentice Hall.
Pearson PreK-12 Blog and Social Media Specialist
Nina is passionate about education and has been with Pearson for 5 years. She focuses on providing educators with resources via the new Pearson PreK-12 social media channels and Fresh ideas for teaching blog.
Teacher, Administrator, Consultant
For the past four decades, Ms. Musick followed her passion and served education in a variety of roles. She graduated from Kent State University with a double-degree in elementary and special education and began her teaching career immediately after graduating. Later, Ms. Musick earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Most recently, Ms. Musick retired as the Assistant Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools (IN) where she was responsible for 34 high poverty elementary schools. During that time and under Ms. Musick’s leadership they were able to raise school grades from five A ratings to 24 A ratings the following year. She attributes this success to the leadership of the elementary principals and a thorough understanding of the instructional process.
Elementary School Teacher
Perry Clemons is an elementary school teacher at a all-girls private school in Manhattan, NY. He has been in the field of education for 11 years. He started teaching in an after school program while in college. This experience gave him the confidence to teach ESL in South Korea. After teaching in South Korea, he went to Georgia State University to pursue a M.A. in Applied Linguistics and ESL. Upon graduating he worked a numerous Language Learning Schools in New York and is now a homeroom teacher. He hopes to remain a homeroom teacher. He has a passion for languages, teaching, and creating educational materials.
Author, World Languages
Rich Sayers has been involved in world languages education since 1978. He taught Spanish at Niwot High School in Longmont, CO for 18 years, where he taught levels 1 through AP Spanish. While at Niwot High School, Rich served as department chair, district foreign language coordinator, and board member of the Colorado Congress of Foreign Language Teachers and the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching. In 1991, Rich was selected as one of the Disney Company’s Foreign Language Teacher Honorees for the American Teacher Awards. Rich has served as a world languages consultant for Pearson since 1996.
Director of Academic & Product Research
Robin Duffy is the Director of Academic & Product Research in the Pearson Learning Services division. She directs market, user experience, and scientific research projects overseeing approximately 60 primary research studies annually, supporting the design, development, and efficacy of new programs across the PreK-12 market place.
Stuart J. Murphy
Math Author, Children's Book Writer
I was one of those kids who talked all the time in class. I loved telling stories. One day in the 4th Grade, my teacher said, “You tell such good stories, maybe you should try writing some of them down.” “Wow,” I thought. “She thinks my stories are good.” That’s when I started to really enjoy writing.
I was also the class artist. When I wasn’t talking, I was drawing. When I was older, I studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design. That’s where I became interested in visual learning—how we decode and acquire information from graphs, charts, diagrams, models, illustrations and other images.
I became especially interested in educational publishing and have worked on the development of over a dozen major textbook programs, championing visual learning strategies from Pre-K through high school in every major curriculum area.
Digits Middle Grades Mathematics
Pearson/Prentice Hall High School Mathematics
Stuart J. Murphy’s I see I Learn at School (LINK: htpp://www.iseeilearnatschool.com)
MathStart Series (LINK: http://mathstart.net)
Video Series Authors
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