I’m the “LitCoachLady”- a K-6 literacy coach at four elementary schools in Augusta, Maine. I’m entering my 33rd year as an educator who has worn a lot of hats and realizes I’m not done learning yet myself. I’m the author of Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6 ](2016) and SPARK! Quick Writes to Kindle Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms (2019) both with Stenhouse Publishers. My best “job” is being mom to my daughter Bailey and son Casey and wife to the love of my life, Jim. I have a passion for literacy and a curiosity about learning that I love to blog about and I’m on a quest to put more kindness and justice back into this world.