I have a strong faith in the power of relationships in education, inside the classroom and out. It has been my friendships with other educators that have motivated, strengthened and renewed my work. I invite you all to connect with others and to find your teaching "almas gemelas" (soul mates).
The encouragement of others has opened doors for me to share my ideas about teaching with other educators. For over ten years I have contributed to several list-serves for language teachers. Being a part of these online forums has made me a better teacher, a better colleague and a better person. You may find some of my posts in newsletters, journals or websites.
I have been honored to be invited to be a presenter on a local, state, national and international level. The friendships I have made and the amazing teachers I observe continue to motive and inspire me!!
Most important to me is the message that we are human beings teaching other human beings. It is the heart, imagination and spirit that we honor in the classroom, and in life. Whatever the topic, I love having the chance to interact with other teachers and connect with other kindred spirits in the profession!! It is even more rewarding when I get to present with a friend, colleague or "alma gemela".
Hello and welcome to our website! I say "our" because, in truth, everything we do has been planted as a seed, touched in some way, or inspired by others. I believe that we are not in this profession, nor in this world, alone. I hope that this becomes a place for all of us to share, to learn and to contribute.
In 2008, Michele Whaley and I began to implement an approach to reading that we have titled Embedded Reading. It completely changed my classroom and the success of my students. It is now a core piece of many programs and we continue to develop materials and activities for use by teachers of all subjects. You can find out more about Embedded Reading at
Over the last several decades, I have had the privilege of teaching students of many levels, from preschool to college, to adult and professional education. The students are, by far, my favorite part of teaching, but I have a special passion for exploring ways to connect teachers to their students and students with the curriculum.
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