About Elizabeth

Welcome to the Literacy Teacher’s Life. If you are a new or graduating educator, trying to find your way around the classroom, or looking for healthy work-life balance, you’re in the right place.

If you found The Literacy Teacher’s Life, you are probably new to the teaching profession and trying to find your way around the classroom. I’ve been there! 

Hi, I’m Elizabeth.

I want to help you design powerful reading and writing instruction for the classroom, while providing you with resources and strategies for living the life you want. Work-life balance is possible, and you’re going to achieve it. 

I have been in the education field since 2004.

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Childhood Education and Literacy at State University of New York (SUNY) College at Old Westbury. Before working with preservice and inservice teachers, I taught elementary students in suburban and urban public and private schools. Outside of the classroom, I toured the United States while teaching the child actors on the 30th Anniversary Broadway Tour of Annie and worked as a Content Specialist at Sesame Workshop.

I earned my doctorate in Literacy Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. I currently work with preservice and inservice teachers, teaching them in the college classroom as well as supporting their implementation of evidence-based literacy lessons in the elementary classroom. By modeling how to create and teach a variety of literacy lessons that connect students’ interests and backgrounds and align with state and national standards, I have been able to help preservice and inservice teachers feel confident and prepared for the reading and writing classroom.

When I’m not teaching, reading, or writing, I enjoy spinning classes, iced coffee, and adventures with my husband and two daughters outside New York City.

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