Connecting you to powerful literacy instruction
Empower your teachers and strengthen your classrooms with on-site professional learning provided by our team of literacy consultants. With a wealth of expertise and experience we can help build on your teachers’ strengths, model, co-teach, coach, and introduce new expertise that will connect your teachers to powerful literacy instruction.
Each literacy consultant has extensive experience and expertise to provide schools with on-site workshops and coaching designed to address the specific needs of your school and strengthen the implementation of guided reading for all of your literacy learners.
Karen Cangemi worked as a teacher and District Literacy Coach for the 27th largest school district in the country, Pinellas County Schools, located in Largo, Florida for 30 years. She taught elementary-aged students at every level for more than 20 years. During Karen’s time spent in many differentiated classrooms, she has specialized her work with English Language Learners as well as students with disabilities. As a literacy coach at high-needs schools, Karen worked directly with kindergarten through fifth grade teachers supporting their growth and commitment to a love for literacy and student achievement. Karen also consulted on district curriculum writing committees ensuring an alignment to the Common Core Standards while infusing Jan Richardson’s Guided Reading and ESOL strategies seamlessly in core instruction. Karen was chosen as a top ten finalist for 2016-17 Pinellas County Educator of the year and was selected as the Fan Favorite Educator.
She has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She also holds ESOL and Reading Endorsements from the state of Florida.
Karen has worked side-by-side with Jan Richardson studying methods of instruction and responsive teaching in all levels of the Guided Reading Routine. She is proficient at all levels of guided reading and regularly plans, models, and coached kindergarten through fifth grade teachers in her daily work.
Julie Allsworth has over 22 years of teaching experience in elementary education, special education, reading intervention, Spanish, ELL & ESOL instruction, and has also previously served as an Early Intervention Reading Specialist. Julie earned a Master of Education degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education from Rhode Island College, and is currently completing her PhD in Reading, Language, and Literacy at Concordia University in Chicago.
Linda Erickson, M.Ed, is a district Title I reading coach who has worked as a certified Reading Recovery teacher, a reading interventionist, and a preK-2 classroom teacher. She has made a lifelong commitment to helping students learn to read and has extensive experience supporting teachers. Linda is passionate about her current work supporting her district’s twenty-one elementary schools as they implement Literacy Footprints. She works with building administrators and coaches to determine each building’s individual needs, then presents an introduction to Literacy Footprints to the staff, and finally models lessons and provides customized coaching to individuals and teams. Linda’s goal is to empower teachers by increasing their depth of knowledge of guided reading and using it as a tool to support student growth in reading.
Carolyn Gwinn, PhD, is a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, reading specialist, resource teacher, literacy teacher for academic support, and professional learning community (PLC) facilitator. In her role as educational consultant, she strategically designs and delivers tailored professional development. Carolyn has trained teachers around the country on the Next Step guided reading lesson framework. Her work focuses on promoting effective teaching and learning, balanced literacy, guided reading, writing, assessment, visionary planning, and leadership.
Lisa Hall, EdS, is a Reading Recovery teacher leader who designs and delivers customized professional development to Reading Recovery and classroom teachers. She presents at conferences, leads building PLCs, and delivers Balanced Literacy training for classroom teachers. She is an experienced reading coach, reading interventionist, and classroom teacher with a master’s degree in Administration and Specialist degree in Reading. Lisa has 18 years of experience, is passionate about reading instruction, and works directly with teachers to plan and deliver guided reading instruction with differentiated station activities so that all students can engage in authentic reading and writing activities.
Heather Micheli is a literacy specialist, certified Reading Recovery teacher, and part-time literacy consultant. She has experience working in grades K-8 as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, ESL teacher, and intervention teacher. Heather is passionate about teaching students and colleagues effective reading practices. She had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jan Richardson on professional development for teachers in Jamaica. She holds a BS in elementary education and a master's degree in literacy.
Eyvonne Ryan recently retired from the Pinellas County School District in Pinellas County, Florida. Throughout her 30 year career she has been a classroom teacher in the primary grades, Early Intervention teacher, Staff Developer for the District Reading and Language Arts Department, Reading First Coordinator for the state of Florida, and a school-based RtI Coach. She was instrumental in bringing the work of Jan Richardson into her district 9 years ago and has spent her career teaching and coaching guided reading. She holds a BA in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Michal Taylor is a literacy consultant working with teachers PreK-8, administrators, and parents in developing intentional literacy practices along a balanced literacy continuum. She has been a K-3 classroom teacher, a reading teacher for grades 4-8, a Reading Recovery teacher since 1989, and a Reading Recovery Teacher-Leader since 1991. She works extensively in schools modeling and coaching for the transfer of best literacy practices into the classroom to support all learners.
Sandra Weaver holds a BS degree in elementary education, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Throughout her 22-year career, Sandra has been a classroom teacher, a first grade early intervention teacher, and for the past twelve years has been an embedded Literacy Coach, a district Literacy Coach, and a practicum facilitator for Beacon’s Reading Endorsement course. For the past five years, Sandra has been personally trained by Dr. Jan Richardson and specializes in delivering professional development on Jan's The Next Step in Guided Reading. Sandra has implemented Next Step Professional Development for dozens of districts in a wide range of locations, including Florida, Texas, North Carolina and New York. She is available to travel to your district and will provide impeccable, hands-on, customized training to fit the needs of your teachers.
Polly Wingate is a recently retired educator, who taught in K-2 classrooms before working as a Reading Recovery teacher, and a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. She holds a BS degree in Early Childhood Education, a masters degree in elementary education, and has S.C. certifications in early childhood education, elementary education, and as a reading teacher. Polly's interest is in using reading, writing, and learning theories, with current data and evidence, to design effective literacy instruction for all students. She believes in a focus on authentic and interesting reading and writing opportunities and instruction, with meaning and comprehension as the goal.