I am teacher, mother, reader, writer and lifelong learner trying to make sense out of the crazy current climate in education. I was a classroom teacher for 13 years in Somersworth, Barrington and Plaistow, NH where I taught grades 3 – 6. For the last 13 years I have had the great privilege to work with teachers and their students in New Hampshire and Maine in the Learning Through Teaching model of embedded professional development through the University of New Hampshire’s English Department. I work with Thomas Newkirk and Louise Wrobleski and a host of other incredible consultants. We are grounded in the work of our “founding fathers” Donald Murray and Donald Graves as he brought the Writing Workshop into schools all over the state and the nation in the early 1980’s. I believe in the Reading/Writing Workshop model in literacy as it provides safe space, choice, time and direct teaching for students individually as well as as a community. I also have the opportunity to work with schools outside of New England through Heinemann Publishing where I present workshops on Reading and Writing all over the nation. My goal is to get to work in education outside of the United States in the future.