Fourth grade is the only grade Heather has not taught! When I met Heather many years ago, she was a fifth-grade teacher, and now she at the end of another chapter teaching high school English in San Diego, CA, soon to be moving to Wisconsin to begin a new educational opportunity working with CESA-6 and their literacy team. The diversity of her background and experience in education, strong advocacy for students, as well as her support of women, compelled me to have a Coffee Break with her and find out more of what drives this talented teacher, presenter, and advocate for marginalized students.
Having devoted his life to writing, Ralph Fletcher has strived to improve the quality of the teaching of writing for young people. A prolific author and inspiring presenter, he’s written books both for teachers and aspiring young writers on the art of writing. His other works encompass poetry, picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels. I grabbed a coffee break with him and found him generous, funny, and his drive to pass on to children the love of writing was strongly evident.