Book Contributors and Their Reflections

I thank each teacher who helped make my books possible.  None would be the same without the diverse group of teachers who field tested recommended strategies, sent written reflections, and shared student samples. Click on names below and read what each wrote.
Thanks, also to R. Joseph Rodriguez, PhD, who wrote the Foreword to GETTING STARTED: A Path to Success to Teaching English to Students in Middle School and Beyond (November, 2018), and to Claudia M
arschall who served as a critical reader/editor.

Cresence Birder


English Teacher,
9th Grade Students at The Bishop’s School,
La Jolla, California, Independent School



Anne Brown

English Teacher of
6-8th Grade Students at the Crestwood Middle School,
Kentwood, Michigan




José Luís Cano

Adjunct Instructor of Adult Students
at the Texas Southernmost College,
Brownsville, Texas




Kiondre Dunnam

Social Studies Teacher of
7th Grade Students at the
W.R. Coile Middle School,
Athens, Georgia


Emily Espy

Teacher of 8th Grade Math Students
UP Academy Dorchester
Turnaround School Public School
Boston, Massachusetts,


Cassidy Earle (Greer)

Teacher of Middle School Math Students
Hopewell Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia



Kalpana Mukunda Iyengar, PhD

Lecturer to
Pre-Service Teachers, University of Texas
San Antonio, Texas



Claudia Marschall

Mentor to teachers in Buffalo Public Schools,
Buffalo, New York



Jazmen Moore

English Teacher
of 9-10 grade Students at the
Oak Park and River Forest High School,
Oak Park, Illinois
(now graduate student at University of Washington, Seattle, WA.)


Ellen M. Murray, M.Ed.

Reading Specialist,
EM Educational Specialties, LLC,
Grand Rapids, Michigan



R. Joseph Rodriguez, PhD

California State University, Fresno
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
Department of Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education
Fresno, California


Howard Smith, PhD

Associate Professor of
Pre-service teachers, University of Texas,
San Antonio, Texas




Audrey Spica

English Teacher of
7-8th Grade Students at the  Pinewood Middle School,
Kentwood, Michigan