Meet the Storyworks Advisers: Part 1

By The Storyworks Editors
August 8, 2019

Every year we welcome a new cohort of Storyworks Teacher Advisers. They're a fabulous group of teachers from schools across the country who provide essential feedback on our stories and resources and guide us on important editorial decisions.

We love getting to know them and incorporating their wisdom into every issue—and we want you to get to know them, too!

Keep scrolling to meet some of our advisers for the 2019-2020 school year.

I teach 4th grade at Locust Grove Elementary in Crestwood, KY.

I’ve been a teacher for 8 years and this is my first year using Storyworks. (Welcome, Katy!)

Growing up, I really loved to read... Robert Munsch books—like Paper Bag Princess and Purple Green & Yellow. I really loved Sharon Draper books when I was a little older.

This school year, I’m looking forward to... a new school, grade, district, team. Everything is new! I'm so excited to work in such a positive and supportive environment.

One fun fact about me is... I did part of my student teaching in New Zealand and I bungee jumped there!

I teach 5th grade at Easterbrook Discovery School in San Jose, CA.

I’ve been a teacher for 7 years and I’ve been using Storyworks for 6 years.

My favorite part of teaching with Storyworks is... how engaged my students are with the high-interest and high-rigor articles.

My favorite Storyworks article of all time is... "Behind the Wire Fence" about Japanese internment during WWII because my grandparents were part of the internment even though they were American citizens, so it hits close to home.

This school year, I’m looking forward to... having my students back because I loop 4th and 5th grade, so this year I get to have my same kids again!

One fun fact about me is... I love to travel! I have been to over 20 countries.

I teach 4th grade at Adamsville Primary School in Bridgewater, NJ.

I’ve been a teacher for 12 years and I’ve been using Storyworks for at least 6-7 years. (I've lost count how many years exactly!) 

My favorite part of teaching with Storyworks is… that my students love the articles/stories and we can connect them to a variety of topics we are studying.

My favorite Storyworks article of all time is… It's hard to pick just one but "Our World Turned to Water" is one of my favorites because (thanks to Storyworks editors) we were able to connect with and support a class who had lost all of their classroom library books after one of the hurricanes. We collected new books and sent them to our Pen Pals.

Growing up, my favorite books were… the Nancy Drew series and The Diary of Anne Frank.

This school year, I’m looking forward to... reading all of the new Storyworks issues with my students and connecting them with other subject areas that we study.

I teach 6th grade at Mountain Shadows Elementary in Phoenix, AZ.

I’ve been a teacher for 7 years and I’ve been using Storyworks for 3 years.

My favorite part of teaching with Storyworks is... the depth of knowledge and engagement my students get from reading and digging into the articles.

My favorite Storyworks article of all time is... "Blood, Smoke, and Freedom." It was such a wonderful chance for students to get into the Revolutionary War with a variety of resources—videos, maps, and an awesome article!

One fun fact about me is... that I don't like chocolate or coffee! Isn't that odd?

*Some responses have been edited for length or clarity.

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